What? An ambassador?
“So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:20
Ruthann and I both grew up in families where our parents were active in church. Consequently, as children in our respective families, we were what you could call “church kids.” Sometimes that created some displeasure or resistance in my little mind and was sometimes acted out by me…to no avail, however. The Magical World of Disney (TV series 1954-1991) always came on as we would leave to go back to church for Training Union (BTU) and evening worship and preaching on Sunday night. It was sometimes hard to hear some of my school classmates on Monday morning as they discussed the Magical World and having no insight as to what they were talking about.
Then there were Wednesday nights. Again, that was just another understood time that I would get in the car with mom and dad and head off to church after supper. Ruthann experienced the same routine. But times were different then. There were no conflicting activities for kids, such as ball games, practice, or gymnastics. The community, as a whole, understood that Wednesdays were church nights. So for us, it was actually a fun time to see our friends and be a part of some very specially prepared activities that set within us a grounding that, indeed, affected and set a passion for us growing up.
“Missions” is a passion that both of us, we believe, was set within us through two specific programs: Royal Ambassadors and Girls Auxiliary. We knew them better as RAs and GAs. Through those programs, we had a chance to see and learn about missions locally and around the world. I still remember the commissioning verse that we recited as a group after we had saluted the American flag and pledged allegiance to our country. The verse is 2 Corinthians 5:20, “So we are ambassadors for Christ since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
At a young age, I learned what it was to be an ambassador. I do not know that I fully understood the depth of the meaning, but it was a start and one that grew and helped me define who I am in Christ and what I am to be in this journey of life as a follower of Jesus. A dictionary definition of ambassador says, “an official envoy especially: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative.” It goes on to say that they are appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.
As believers, we find ourselves now in a situation never before experienced. But, it is an appropriate time for us to understand our role. We are an agent of our sovereign, Jesus Christ. Our physical assignment is where He has put us, temporarily, in this world. One day, our Sovereign will call us to our permanent home. Until then, we are to represent Him. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians, God wants to use us to make His appeal through us. Jesus commands us to go and make disciples and to teach them, to reconcile them to God through faith in Christ.
This COVID time we find ourselves in is certainly a different one. But as we are in the midst of it, we cannot forget our mission as ambassadors. You will find people now at opposite ends of the spectrum: those that are fearful and those who are reckless. Some are physically sick. And, many are anxious and filled with emotion. We have a message in our mission as ambassadors. We do have a vaccine for the sin pandemic. It is JESUS!
Pray: Lord, in the ups and downs of life, what a comfort it is for You to always be there with us. During this strange time we find ourselves in currently, prepare us, lead us, and guide us to be an ambassador for Christ. Use us to come along beside You, to be used by You, to bring glory and honor to You, our God. Amen.
Sunday School Teacher
First Baptist Broken Arrow