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AMBASSADORS OF HEAVEN
Throughout my life, I have been appointed to various roles that are representative in nature. From student government in school to positions for jobs I’ve held, I have been a representative for other’s opinions, wishes, and instructions. I wouldn’t be surprised if you can think of several roles you have fulfilled in this manner too. However, the most important representative role any of us have ever had the privilege of holding is that of a Christian.
When we accepted Christ as Savior, he changed us. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” Everything about us becomes new. We have a new nature. We have a new eternal destination. We have a new job to do. Paul again writes, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ…” (5:20). God left us on earth to be ambassadors of heaven.
By definition, ambassadors are representatives in a country carrying out the will of the government of another country. For the Christian, God’s will for us as ambassadors is what Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:19, “…that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make know the mystery of the gospel….” The will of our King is that we make known the gospel.
This will of the Father that we carry out as ambassadors can be described in one word: witness. When Christ ascended to heaven, he gave a command to his followers. The disciples and those following Christ wanted to know when he was going to make all things right. He said that only the Father knew the time of his return. Then he gave his followers their (and our) working orders: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me…unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). As Christ’s ambassadors we are to tell the truth of the gospel. That is what a witness does. He does not tell what he thinks or what he heard might be true, but instead he has to state what he knows to be true.
What a privilege to be God’s ambassador! May we be aware of our opportunities as his ambassador to be a witness of truth right where we are. Yet, while we are all God’s ambassadors, we are not all called to go as missionaries. So, pray for your missionaries as ambassadors commissioned to go, and thank you for supporting them and encouraging them!
Hal S. Pope
IFM Executive Director
“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6
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