If you are a follower of Christ, this is a reminder for you, and for me!
Are we really aware of our credentials, and the responsibility that comes with them? 2 Corinthians 5:20 says “…we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us.” (Emphasis mine.) Whoa. As I was reading this verse the other day, I stopped dead in my tracks…this is a statement that requires some serious thought. “As though God were making an appeal through us.” Do I live out my life as though God is making an appeal through me to those I come into contact with?? Let’s back up to the part that says “we are ambassadors for Christ.” If the Word of God is telling us that we are ambassadors for Christ, I personally would like to know more about my job description.
Ambassador, defined, is “an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.” It’s “a person who acts as a representative.” Official representative. I can tell you that on most days, I don’t feel like an official representative!! But God’s Word says that I am. The next thing that jumps out at me is the foreign country part. Hebrews 13:14 (NLT) says “this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come.” 1 Peter 2:11 says, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.” So we’re living here, in this world, as foreigners, having been sent as ambassadors by God.
Now for the “accredited diplomat” part. If we are accredited, we are”officially recognized as meeting the essential requirements.” We have been “provided with official credentials, as by a government.” We are “accepted as authoritative.” The Word of God is saying that right now, we, as followers of Christ with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, are officially recognized by God. He accepts us as an authoritative official who has met His requirements to fulfill His mission as ambassadors for Christ.
Next, let’s look at the word “diplomat”. A diplomat is “an official representing a country abroad”, “a person who can deal with people in a sensitive and effective way.” We are called to deal with people sensitively and effectively.
I wonder how many of us really realize the credentials that we already have!! We are “accredited”, and may not even be aware of it. We may be working towards proving ourselves to be official in man’s eyes, but God has already said we are official. What would happen if we, as Christ followers, realized what it means to be ambassadors for Christ and started stepping into this role given to us by God. I personally am going to do all that I can to step into this role, realize that God Himself has qualified me, and start living as though “God is making an appeal” through me. I pray that you will do the same!!
Father, You are beautiful and full of grace! I thank You for Your Word that guides us and reminds us of who we are in Your eyes. Help us to see ourselves as You see us! Help us to remember that because of Your Son, Jesus, we are forgiven and holy, chosen to be official representatives of Your eternal kingdom. Empty us of ourselves so that we can be vessels that You can use for Your glory. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!