Paul was an ambassador of Jesus. He went into the world and proclaimed the Gospel to gentiles all over the Roman Empire. He did so, knowing that there would be consequences for proclaiming a Lord higher than Cesaer. He regularly risked his freedom and his life for the cause of Christ. As we read his letters in the New Testament, we find that he found the secret of contentment through the ups and downs of ministry. The secret was contentment in Jesus.
Paul’s is an easy one to admire. He was self-sacrificing, loyal, and endured suffering for what he believed in. His life is easy to admire but more difficult to emulate. We admire Paul for his many sacrifices for the cause of Christ but can be very slow to do the same.
Whether we realize it or not, we are called to be ambassadors of God’s Kingdom to the world.
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. – 2 Corinthians 5:20
God wants us to make an appeal to the world as his ambassadors to others to be reconciled to God and to become a citizen of His Kingdom. We are called to be ambassadors but don’t always know exactly what that means. Here are a few things to think about as we consider our role as ambassador for the Kingdom of God.
- Ambassadors are sent. They go to foreign countries to represent the will of the sending party. They learn the culture, they learn the customs, and they learn the language so that they can better understand the people they are to communicate with. In the case of the Christian, we are sent to a place to be a part of that community and to live as part of it. We are to pray for it, seek the common good, and to proclaim Christ.
- An Ambassador represents the will of their sovereign. A king sends an ambassador to represent the interests of the king and the nation. God sends us to represent his interests, namely the proclamation of Christ, to be reconciled to God through Jesus. We then proclaim Christ and His interests.
- Ambassadors are protectors. An ambassador speaks for the sovereign but also speaks for the people of the nation. If a person gets into trouble in the nation the ambassador has a relationship with, the ambassador is empowered to help them. If there is injustice done to a citizen of their country, the ambassador is empowered to intervene as best they can to help. An ambassador then is a voice against injustice, a voice for those who cannot care for themselves. As Christian ambassadors, we are protectors of those who are voiceless and cannot protect themselves.
Living as an ambassador for Christ isn’t always easy, but it is apart of following after Jesus. May we represent the needs and voice of our King wherever we are.
Questions for Reflection:
- Do you see yourself as an ambassador of God’s Kingdom?
- If so, how does that impact how you live your life?
- What practical steps can you take this week to be an ambassador of Christ?