“Therefore we area Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
I don’t know if you know this, but being an ambassador is a pretty big deal. An ambassador is an official acting as a representative of a government, nation or state in a foreign land. They are called up to represent the official position of the entity that sent them. The Apostle Paul here is saying that we are all ambassadors – not just of a certain nation or people group – we are ambassadors of Christ.
You may be thinking, “Wait a minute, I haven’t studied enough, read my Bible enough, prayed enough or been around long enough to represent the Savior of the entire universe. I’m pretty sure that must be someone else’s job.” From God’s perspective, all of His children, no matter if they’ve been with Him for five decades or five minutes, are His ambassadors.
So many people come to church to watch the pastor lead, preach and teach. They assume their role is to attend, observe and try to remember at least a little bit about what the pastor said. While this a common cultural idea, it’s not biblical. If you’ve been redeemed by Christ, He doesn’t want you sitting on the sideline – He wants you in the game! And he’s given you everything you need to get started. Ministry and mission isn’t just for pastors, teachers, or leaders – it’s for every Christian on the planet.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You for the incredible honor of being entrusted with sharing the Gospel with others. Open my eyes today and show me opportunities that I may be Your ambassador. Amen.