AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5:11-21

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (II Corinthians 5:20)

As we saw in yesterday’s devotion, each of us has been called to ministry. God has given 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” (vs. 19,20). Paul now explains in more detail this calling from God — “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

We are not only ministers of reconciliation; we are also ambassadors for Christ. An ambassador is an official representative sent on behalf of a king or government. An ambassador serves as a spokesperson who represents the the country from which he or she has been appointed. Our passage today tells us that we have been appointed by the King of kings to be His official representatives here on earth. To put is simply, we are Christ’s appointed representatives, called to speak on His behalf. It is as though God is making His appeal through us.

What is the message we have been assigned to speak? It is Christ’s appeal to lost people to be reconciled to God — “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” We have been reconciled to God through Christ and now we have an obligation to implore (beg) others to be reconciled also. It is an obligation we have — “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish” (Romans 1:14). Paul knew he had this obligation and he therefore wrote — “So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome” (Romans 1:15). We also should be eager to tell others about our Savior.

As ambassadors for Christ, we have been entrusted with the message of the gospel. We are to implore people, on behalf of Christ, to be reconciled to God. It is both a duty and a privilege to be spokespersons for our Savior and Lord. Representing Jesus well is our response to His love for us. It is His love that enables us to be bold in our witness for Him — “For the love of Christ controls us” (v. 14a). He has made us new creations (v. 17), and He has reconciled us to God (v 18). Because of all Jesus has done for us, we have an obligation to share the message of salvation with others. If we all took our calling seriously, this world could be turned upside down. It is not our job to save people; it is our obligation to share the gospel and to leave the results up to God.

Lord Jesus, I am so unworthy to be one of Your ambassadors. Yet, by grace, You have called me to this service. I pray that I will represent You well. I pray that You will enable me to be bold in my witness for You. I am the recipient of Your love and grace, and I know I have the obligation and privilege to share with others what You have done for me.

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