2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.
In the midst of life’s twists and turns, ups and downs, uncertainties and inevitabilities, I constantly need to be reminded of my true purpose. It isn’t to find the job I will never grow bored of or to pursue fun hobbies or to see as many countries of the world as I can. None of those are bad, but it is so easy to let them take over and guide our thoughts and actions even though they will never bring contentment. That’s just not what God made us for
My life has had a few twists lately and I have found myself starting to lose focus. Graciously, our faithful Father brought me to 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 to to inspire me to move forward with confidence in His purpose for me. Since the beginning of time, God has had a plan for us. He sent Jesus to accomplish something amazing-making the way for the traitorous sinners we are to become new creations. God reconciled us to himself. Stop there. Do you see that? God reconciled us. Not the other way around. We didn’t pursue him or try to find ways to make peace with him. No. He pursued me and he pursued you. And by being found by him and allowing him to reign in us once again, he chose not to count our trespasses against us. But he doesn’t stop there, he also gave us a purpose for living, a special job, that only us, his redeemed can do. He entrusted to us his message of reconciliation and made us his ambassadors. Now that Christ is in heaven, we are it! We are God’s ordained method to show the world the reconciliation he sacrificed his Son to provide. We are to be the righteousness of God on this earth. God is making his appeal to the world through US!
What an awesome privilege but oh, what a great responsibility. How seriously are we taking this? I admit my first thought when meeting someone new is not often about how I am going to be God’s message to this person. And even if it was, how often do I actually follow through on speaking and demonstrating that message? I feel so inadequate and unable to hold such a responsibility. I fail so often to make efforts towards fulfilling this role and probably make more efforts against it with all the things I do and say that don’t represent Jesus very well. Thankfully you and I are not alone in this. Paul felt the same way and he says in 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 that we aren’t sufficient in ourselves to do any of it, but “our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant…” God has provided us through his Spirit all the power we need to be Christ’s ambassadors.
Unfortunately, I often don’t feel that power, or probably more accurately, I don’t utilize it. I look at my everyday life and don’t see it as very different from the non-Christians around me. This is shameful to me. It should not be this way. People I have a relationship with should know unmistakably that I am a follower of Christ through my actions and words. That is to say, it should be them choosing to reject or accept the Truth rather than my failure to tell and show them that Truth. As I go through yet another period of unknowns and discovery in my life, God has blessed me with yet another chance to take my eyes off myself and towards him and focus my life on fulfilling the purpose he has entrusted me with. To do so, I have to live differently. I have to say no to living like the world and pursuing the things that are important to it. I have to put aside all fears (because what’s there really to fear if God’s on our side?) and hesitations and boldly proclaim the saving power of Christ to the people God has put in my life. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Think Eternal!
I Timothy 1:12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service
Ephesians 3:16-17a …that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 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. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.