We live in uncertain times. Every day news outlets churn out more and more alarming news. As a country, we are drifting further and further away from God. Lately there seems to be this massive push for same-sex marriage and other abominable sins that grieve God’s heart. Other depraved acts of mankind that only seem to be increasing in occurrence include: terrorist attacks, murders, sexual assaults, robberies, corruption in high places, greed, racism, abortion, euthanasia and a whole lot more… man I don’t know what to say other than that this world absolutely needs Christ.
Many Christians wonder what our nation will look like in the not too distant future… what will the future of our children look like? That’s if they even have a future…
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV)
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
Ok, so let’s take a look at the definition of “ambassador” for one moment so we are clear on what that means. An ambassador is someone who officially represents his own government to a foreign country. We are told in Phillipians 3:20 that our citizenship is in heaven. We are on this earth for a short time and God has given us a purpose, a mission for our lives. Every Christian has this mission! As His messengers we are to convey His message of Hope (the Gospel) to the world. We must bring that message in full.. in its entirety. It must not be watered down, it must not be compromised nor must it be altered. We must speak as though we are dying men to dying people because it’s a message of urgency. We are to implore and plead for the world to repent of their sins and be reconciled to Christ. We are to be a good testimony to the world by living a life that is pleasing to Christ. This task for the Christian is also in the Great Commission mentioned in all four gospels.
Here are some thoughts on how this calling as ambassadors for Christ affects our everyday life:
- We must not despair even though our nation and the world is in decline (John 16:33)
- We must not be ashamed of Christ and His Gospel (Romans 1:16)
- We must stand firm, yet principled (polite, loving, meek and gentle), for Biblical truth and our faith (1 Cor 16:13-14; 2 Tim 2:24)
- We should show God’s love, care and compassion to a lost and dying world. Christ loved the world so much that’s why He came down to this earth to die for the sins of every single person (John 3:16). He is not willing that anyone should perish (2 Peter 3:9b)
- We should spend time building up our faith in Christ through prayer and digging into His word (Jude 1:20-21; 2 Tim 2:15)
- We should be continuously striving to put to death the sin nature in our lives and taking up our cross (Col 3:5; Luke 9:23 amongst many others)
- We should do our best to avoid unnecessary conflict and obey the laws of the land as long as they do not contravene the laws of Christ our King (1 Peter 2:13-15)
- We should remain steadfast in our faith and look for Christ’s coming (Jude 1:21)
- We should always be ready to give an answer for the Hope that is in us and do so with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15)
Faint not Christian! Do not despair! Christ has overcome the world! He has prevailed! He has the victory! Hold onto your faith! Hold onto your hope! Your hope is based in an all-sufficient, unchanging and all-powerful Christ! Do not be discouraged brothers and sisters! So share your hope to a desperately lost and dying world in need of Christ!
Remember the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ (Matt 16:18)! That is a promise from Christ… and it’s a wonderful promise indeed.
Be encouraged my friend!