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).