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
As Godís elect, you have become one of many Ambassadors of Christ and have been given the ministry of reconciliation. You are to take the message of Christ to the world to give the world the opportunity to be reconciled to God. God has anointed each of his elect with authority and the power of the Holy Spirit to be the witness that carries Godís message to the world.
Before Godís ambassador can be effective he or she must first study the gospel and apply Godís word to your life just as Christ did. Godís message is just as important to Christís Ambassador as it is to the sinner, as God wants everyone to find salvation through Jesus Christ. The Ambassadorís job is to communicate Godís word to everyone who is willing to listen. Although the Saint is firmly established in the truth, the ambassador must regularly refresh his or her memory by reading the word of God. Reading Godís word enables the ambassador to present the gospel story accurately in a number of ways and that salvation is only given through the name of Jesus.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12
The problem with promoting the gospel is that nearly everyone has a version of his or her own truth that hinders the unity of faith from being firmly established. Of all the doctrines, salvation is the most unified doctrine in the church. Sanctification has five versions, the Lordís Second Coming has three versions, and baptism has two or more versions. We like to think that the church we attend as being scriptural, but if we were to take a serious look into what is being taught we would find the beliefs of men are intertwined with the word of God. The outcome is the number of versions for each doctrine making one wonder if you are hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ accurately.
Your citizenship as Godís ambassador is in heaven and spiritually speaking you are living a foreign territory we know as the world. As the personal Ambassador of Christ your task is to take Godís word and the gospel message to the people of the land where you live. Keep this in mind as we primarily represent God and cannot take a message of our own, what we think God said or what weíve heard in church. In conveying Godís message our words must agree with those of our Lord and Savior. If the world is to accept Godís message it must be credible and presented in a verifiable manner. To be a credible witness you must be prepared to show the chapter and verse that you are using. Your duty as a prudent ambassador is to:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
You are the personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are also a person used to communicate the directions of your leaders to the nations where you have been assigned. Presenting Godís word takes time and an effort to understand the written word of God and putting Godís word to use in your own life. Every Christian will have an opportunity to give the salvation message to someone who doesnít know God. Accurately communicating Godís message demands that you learn to handle the word of God in a proper manner.
Understanding what truth is and how to discern the truth is something Christians seldom study or understand. Everyone has his or her own version of truth because what is true to him or her usually what they believe. Truth for the majority of world is choosing the right facts that fit their way of life. Someone once said,
You can bend it and twist it... You can misuse and abuse it... But even God cannot change the Truth.Ē
Truth is an absolute treasure of life worthy of being held in sacred trust. On the most part, the world honors the truth, that is, when it is convenient or beneficial to them. However, when people are confronted with their mistakes, truth is no longer a sacred issue. Instead, men and women resort to deception to keep a fragrance of roses surrounding their person and appear to be righteous to everyone. They use one set of weights to weigh the world and use another to consider the truth about their own life.
The problem with truth is that it can be compromised violated and distorted, bent and twisted, therefore - misused and abused, but no mater how the truth is handled you canít hide from the truth or get around it. Truth does not know the difference between right and wrong, it is impartial, and available to anyone with a desire to know the truth and use it correctly.
Truth is always beneficial to you when you hold it in high esteem and sacred to your way of life. You will never willingly compromise or violate the truth with a personal commitment to establish morals similar to Godís. Everything you admire about of Godís character is derived from a harmony of truth, love and grace. Godís word is held in high esteem by many because truth is a key to his righteousness. As a father, God has a reason for asking his children to worship him in Spirit and in truth.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." John 4:24
God will train you to behave in the way he finds right to him, just as you teach own children to do what is right in your eyes. Just as you expect your children to look and act like you, God has the same expectations of his children. God expects that you to honor and respect his ways and then embrace them as yours. When you learn to respect his ways you can easily join in one accord and be the advocate of Godís way of life. God has also said,
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
God thinking process is much higher than that of men. As we said earlier, Truth does not know the difference between right and wrong, so truth can be handled for the wrong purposes. In the world truth is more often compromised violated, bent, twisted, misuse, abused, distorted and used to deceive, hide imperfections and cover wrongdoing.
On the other hand, truth can be honored, revered and held sacred by those who understand the nature of truth to establish integrity in his or her life. Those who honor the truth and live a life of integrity and truth will honor his or her life.
Consider the golden rule to do unto others as you would have done to you. Isnít God saying what is truth for you is still a truth to other people. Doing anything other than what is right to you would be a double standard.
Truth is also the facts you establish by every thing you do or say and your deeds can not be changed once they have been created. In other words, you can not go back to change what has been done, instead your deeds become public record in Godís hands. Truth becomes an important issue when you consider your deeds create factual evidence that will determine the value of your character to God for good or evil. Your deeds present the way you think and tell God the type of choices (good or evil) that were made during your lifetime. Just as we judge people by observing their deeds, God will judge your life according to what you have done.
Human beings live by what they see as right in their own eyes. However, God is dealing with the thought process of his children. Consider this, immature people make poor decisions because their thoughts have a direct bearing on how they behave. The Christian must see what is right in Godís eye because he not only represents God as his ambassador, but he or she is Godís child as well. Our obedience shows respect for God whether we have the role of Godís ambassador, his child, his servant, or as a believer.
Human beings are raised in an environment where the thought life of the individual is geared to one's self-interest. Making it hard for Men to rule in a world of millions where there is no restraint to consider the needs of others. To be a king, an ambassador of God and Godís child we must consider how our actions influence the lives of others. One wrong word can alienate too many people. Therefore, handling our lives in a prudent manner requires right standing before those we serve, whether it is God or man. We cannot serve God properly without conforming to Godís ways by putting evil thoughts and ways behind us.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is. Romans 12:2
The Ambassador of Godís Kingdom must know the perfect will of God to effectively communicate the word of God to the people he was sent to. In the world there is a lot of misleading information about God that is outright deceiving. You must be able destroy the arguments that are deceiving the world.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
In most cases those deceived have strong reason to oppose the truth of Godís word. Godís word appears to confront everything they believe and have learned from the world since they were born. To them the gospel is foolishness. Since Godís word is the truth, Godís word will demolish every argument the world can produce. As Godís ambassador we must understand that it is not the weapons of this world that prevails.
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, "declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17-18
When combined with greed and lies the evil one has subdued large numbers of people through the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth. Godís word gives the insight of truth and offers a better way to live with the freedom to serve the living God. Truth when used as truth is indestructible, undeniable and unbeatable.
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 2 Corinthians 13:8
Truth is timeless, changeless and ever present. It is the only weapon that destroys the arguments by exposing lies and deception. Truth allows the man or woman who is willing to be humble before an almighty God with the dignity to change his or her way of life to begin life again as a new creature created in Christ Jesus.
The bible tells us that eternal life is not based on how we think, or any reason man can conjure up, but by a plan God has chosen. God has said that he will have compassion on the person he determines to have compassion upon. This means that we as men can not tell God how to think or dictate to God the reasons why he should reward them for manís idea of good moral behavior. Moral behavior is not the key that will take you through the pearly gates of heaven. Eternal life is based on a personal relationship with God through our Lord and Savior.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
Many people have gone to church all of their life and do not know that Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with them. That relationship starts right after you ask him into your heart and he comes to make his home in you. Through the consistent reading of Godís word and many prayers, we spend time with God with the outcome of a changed heart and character to please our father. Jesus said.
"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me" John 10:14
The relationship between you and God is a two-way relationship developed over time. If you are to yield your life to Jesus Christ in service as promised, then you must learn what Christ wants from you. In other words, you must establish a way to communicate with your Lord. You learn to talk to God through prayer and God speaks to you through his word. The changes you make in your character are due to the truth, your love for God and a desire to please him. This two-way relationship is demonstrated by faith in good deeds on manís part and answered prayers on Godís part to meet your needs.
Being a gentile, Luke came to know the Lord after his death and was a great example of what an ambassador should be like in todayís world. Luke is known to have written one quarter of the New Testament through extensive research gathering testimony from eyewitnesses and his own experience of working with Paul. After carefully investigating everything he heard he wrote a letter to his friend Theophilus so that he would know with certainty the things he was taught about Jesus.
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. Luke 1:1-4
In the first Chapter of Luke, he tells about another man who was sent to prepare the way for the Lord.
And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous ó to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Luke 1:17
As John the Baptist was sent ahead to proclaim the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, so is the modern day Ambassadors of the kingdom of God. We are to make people aware that Jesus Christ is coming soon and he will reward everyone according to the deeds they have done. God does not anyone to perish and it is the ambassadorís assignment to lead men and women to Christ prepared for his coming.
Accepting the plan of salvation is not our concern, but accurately handling the word of truth is. Making a careful investigation of Godís word to know the certainty of truth is to your benefit as well. Spreading the gospel to the world is to fulfill God desire that no one perish and give those in the world the opportunity to be saved. Spreading the good news allows every person in the world to have the correct knowledge that through Jesus Christís name they have the only way to eternal life and the absolute assurance of their salvation.
No one knows when God will return with Jesus Christ and gather his elect from the Four Corners of the earth. As Godís ambassador, have you prepared the people of the world for what happens after Jesus comes? The bible tells us that,
"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out ó those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. John 5:28-29
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Matthew 24:45-46
For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality." Romans 9:28
The ambassador should never feel comfortable in his or her salvation for there is always someone who hasnít heard that salvation is a gift of God or that the sinner can choose to become the children of God through repentance. Ask yourself this question. Will you be busy spreading the gospel when we meet our Lord and Savior in the air?