We are foreigners with a message of utmost importance; a message that can save the very lives of the people to whom we have been sent. We are not a comfortable people with a “personal belief” that can stay locked up in our own minds. Rather, we are a delegation of important ambassadors sent to diplomatically engage with a dying world.
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
We have been reconciled to God in order to bring this message of reconciliation to the world. There are three important aspects to what it means to be an ambassador entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation.inflatables
An Ambassador of Christ is a Foreigner
As a Christian we become entirely new creations. “Old things have passed away all has become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). So, as Christians, our nature is fundamentally transformed. We are foreigners whose citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20). Unfortunately foreign diplomats aren’t always well received, right? Just think about how Jesus was treated. When speaking to His disciples He said:
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“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15: 18-19).
So the question I have for you is: Are you a foreigner? Have you experience the “hatred” Jesus is talking about? When you interact with your family, friends, classmates, and teachers do they realize you aren’t really following along with the social norms of this country, so to speak? People should realize through our conduct and customs that we come from another land, and our grace and love should lead them to desire to find out where exactly that is.
An Ambassador of Christ is Diplomatic
It is possible to be a foreigner but fly under the radar. There are numerous opportunities between passing periods or before and after school to be engaging with your peers rather than being stuck in your Christian bubble. Too often we walk across our school campuses with ear-buds firmly planted in our ears blaring Phil Wickham as we go to meet our Christian friends at our Christian club, and then we leave school and head to church. An ambassador is not very effective unless he or she is engaging diplomatically. The apostle Paul puts it well when he declared,
“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings” (I Corinthians 9: 19-20).
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He realized the importance of walking in someone else’s shoes in order to identify with them and engage them with the life-changing message we have been entrusted with. We cannot remain silent envoys. We must be vocal.
An Ambassador of Christ Brings a Message
What good is it for a foreign king to send someone into a neighboring land if that person doesn’t bring the proper message? This leads us to the ministry of reconciliation: a simple message with profound implications.
“For our sake he [GOD] made him to be sin who knew no sin [Jesus] so that we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).
This is the message that we as ambassadors must carry with us proudly. “For our sake,” Jesus saved us as a gift of grace, not because we were good or because we deserved it, but because we didn’t deserve it. Then, God placed the sin of the world on Jesus as He died the death we deserved, and the result of this is that we “become the righteousness of God” if we repent and turn to follow this important calling.
Jesus: The Ultimate Ambassador
Jesus was so foreign to the people of his day that they branded Him as a heretic and sentenced Him to a gruesome death. He interacted with the culture so amazingly that he was both the champion of the weak (healing, feeding, and caring for thousands of people) and falsely accused by the religious legalists as a glutton and drunkard. He brought the most important message of all time: the good news of reconciliation to God.
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And this is the message that we have to bring to a dark and dying world as ambassadors entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation. So when we go out into our communities let’s keep that mission in mindbuy disney jumpers!