AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST
MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE BIBLE TEXT.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NIV
Ambassadors are special envoys of the country or brand they represent. They do everything according to the dictates of what or who they represent. Their priority is to make the country or brand appealing to everyone. They put in so much and do everything possible, so people do not have any difficulty noticing and identifying them with the brand(like flags on cars, clothes, product placements etc). And oh, at the least opportunity, they will chip in a word or two about what they represent. They do all this, with a mindset of creating visibility, affinity and loyalty for the country or the brand they represent.
AS AN AMBASSADOR OF CHRIST JESUS, ARE YOU CREATING VISIBILITY???
Do people identify you and your deeds with Christ?? Do you cease the kairos moments to chip in a word about the sweetest GOODNEWS EVER - That, THROUGH CHRIST, GOD IS RECONCILING ALL MANKIND TO HIMSELF, AND IS NOT COUNTING OUR SINS AGAINST US ANYMORE.
Is your character and lifestyle a reflection of Christ Jesus??
Being an ambassador of Christ starts with a new life in Christ Jesus. It is a spiritual journey where God begins to reveal himself to mankind. It is a light that shines forth and opens one's mind, and eyes to the word of God and His salvation (God's rescue function through Christ Jesus). When this light shines forth into a depraved mind and heart, it sends a signal of rude awakening, and a sudden sense of awareness of wretchedness and sinfulness to the poor soul of mankind. At this point, a decision must be made: To either continue in the darkness of sin, or run into the light of salvation, never to return to the place of darkness(filth, guilt and shame). The best decision ever is to RUN FROM SIN TO CHRIST. KILL SIN; BEFORE IT KILLS YOU! IT IS A CHANGE OF HEART, and A U-TURN TO CHRIST.
The good news is: No matter how deep, nasty, and grave the sin may be, ALL THAT IS NEEDED IS A BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND A CONFESSION! The Blood of Christ then comes in to wash the sinner clean. God’s Mercy meets His love and the sinner is pardoned, as written in stanza 2 of MHB 313, "The vilest offender who truly believes, That moment from Jesus a pardon receives." The Holy Spirit then comes to indwell the NEW CREATION, and enables the new creation to daily rely on the word of God. This is the process of THE BEGINNING OF THE TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY.
This experience is soo AMAZING, it lights up the heart and the whole being....so bright that it begins to show. Everyone begins to notice the transformation(Change). The NEW CREATION IN CHRIST spontaneously and voluntarily begin to share what has been experienced(reconciliation with God through Christ)with everyone, everywhere, and anywhere.
Before long.....WE HAVE AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST.
BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST, AND LET YOUR TRANSFORMED LIFE INFLUENCE EVERYONE YOU ENCOUNTER.