“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)
In 2009, one of democracy’s finest moments occurred yet again, as Barak Obama was sworn in as our 44th President of the United States. The transition of power from George W. Bush’s presidency to the Obama presidency was even more amazing because ideologically these two men were not on the same page with their views on several matters.
Around the world, the United States has (in most countries) someone designated as a United States Ambassador. The Ambassador is asked to live not in the United States, but in another country and another culture (usually many miles from home) to represent the President and the United States of America in matters of interest. If an issue arises in one of these countries, it is the job of the Ambassador to know what the will of the President is on that issue and communicate that will clearly to the leaders of this foreign government. Failure to do so could cause a foreign government to act in a way that could damage diplomatic relations. In 2009, Ambassadors had to be briefed on specific differences between the previous Bush presidency and the new Obama presidency.
Today’s scripture reminds us that we too are ambassadors, not of an earthly government but of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Though believers in Jesus have a home in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:1-10), for the time being we are asked to dwell on this earth, in a culture that pursues many things that are contrary to the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus prayed that we would be “in the world but not of the world” (John 17:15-16). Jesus wants everyone to become a believer and to enjoy an eternal citizenship in the heavenly Kingdom. This passage says he wants to make this truth known through you.
How can you be a good ambassador for the King of Kings?
- By knowing the will of the King. We don’t have to guess, just read it. The message we need to know is found in the Bible. Are you committed to knowing the will of the King?
- By living the will of the King. Its not enough to know the will of the King; as ambassadors we are called to be living examples of it (James 1:22-25). Are you committed to living out the will of the King in every way?
I’m sure that if a president had an ambassador who was not acting in accordance to his will, he would communicate his displeasure. Through the Holy Spirit, the King of Kings does the same, calling on His ambassadors to confess their sin so that they might be restored (1 John 1:9). If Jesus is currently making you aware of ways your finances, relationships, actions, or attitudes are running counter to His will, confess it and let Him bring you the victory and restoration you need to be an effective ambassador for Christ.