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STANDING AGAINST CORRUPTION

 JULY 2021

      Earlier this year, I studied and wrote about Christians as ambassadors and especially about our missionaries as God’s global ambassadors. If you remember, an ambassador is, by definition, “one who carries out the will of or acts on behalf of another (country or government).” As I’ve continued to ponder this idea, I read the devotional thoughts of a friend of our ministry on a Christian’s ambassadorship. I so appreciated what he wrote that I wanted to share his thoughts about Joseph with you! Here is what he wrote:

      Joseph was for all practical purposes an “ambassador” for the God of Israel in a wicked idolatrous nation that made gods out of nearly everything from flies to the river Nile. And while his “dark time” was relatively short lived, the people of Egypt were living in a time of extended blind spiritual darkness. His devotion to the one, true, living God served as a testimony to the people around him just as our lives should serve as a testimony today to the dark, blind, lost and dying would around us. Paul describes the condition of the lost person in Ephesians 4:18, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”  And in Romans 1:21, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God ... but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” So we see that even though we exemplify the life of the believer, not all will come to know Christ as Savior. But we remain steadfast to our biblical convictions and the work of witnessing in order (as Paul also teaches) to save some.

      Joseph is a fantastic example of a godly man living as an ambassador in a wicked world. The wicked hearts of man are always there, and the godly must always stand in righteousness as representatives of God. I thought of Christ’s words in Matthew 5:13,

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Just as salt is a preservative against spoilage, Christians are to stand against the corruption of the world. Just as Joseph was an ambassador, so must we be for the King. No matter how bad the world seems, we represent the King and He is coming back to make all things right.

     Paul reminded Christians in his day that those who are evil will be judged by a righteous God. The hardness of their hearts keeps them from receiving the forgiveness Christ offers. Paul also says in Romans 2:5, “But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” As I once heard a preacher say, “Pay day is coming!”

      The message of Joseph, Jesus and Paul is the message IFM carries to the world. Sin is dark, will be judged one day and there is no escape. However, Jesus Christ died on the cross making payment for sin. Thank you for prayers, gifts, and encouragement as IFM MISSIONARY AMBASSADORS carry this momentous message around the world, even as you represent Christ where you are.

     

Hal S. Pope

​IFM Executive Director

“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  2 Corinthians 9:6

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