Now, then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we beg you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.2nd Corinthians 5:20
Did you know that if you are a Christian, you are now an ambassador for Christ? It seems that we may have missed the boat to go over to the other side where Christ is. If Christ is Lord overall, then we are with him. If you are a follower of Christ, you are His ambassador. The Strong’s concordances for the Hebrew word for ambassador is [tsiyr], which means “an official envoy or messenger of a country or state. Today, this may be close to a goodwill ambassador that is appointed by a charity or other organizations to publicize its activities or promote a specified cause. An ambassador for Christ is a messenger of Good News, for the ambassador brings healing and health to the souls of those who will listen.
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him; for he refreshes the soul of his masters.Proverbs 25:13
We should enjoy hearing the Good News of the Gospel, because it brings the message of Christ and reconciliation to God. I can remember a time of refreshing when the presence of the Lord came into the churches across America. In Acts chapter 3 in verse 19, Peter spoke these words, “Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” We may have missed the meaning of what Peter was saying in Acts 3:19 in that everyone should repent so that the time of refreshing comes upon us all. Having sorrow about our sins is not repentance. Even Christians need to repent from their sins and be reminded that if they have lost their standing with God, they need to confess before God instead of carrying the sorrow of sin within their heart. Repentance means to change your mind. A changed mind regarding sin, self, and God can only bring times of refreshing and the presence of the Lord within our mist. Let us not be fooled in this regard of the true meaning of repentance. It is one who follows Christ in word and in deed because he changed his mind not to be of this world.
We are to be a messenger for Christ and not for ourselves. We must remember that our faith will be tested in where our mind and heart truly is. Jesus said, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God,” see Luke 9:62. We are either for Christ or against Christ. We do not look back to what we were living in, for we came out of darkness since the light has shone upon our hearts. We no longer walk in darkness but in the light of His glory. His light shines on the path in which we now walk daily. Our eyes are now open to the truth and our minds are changed to walking on a new path. The Lord may send you out like the seventy he sent forth in chapter 10 of the Gospel of Luke. We should pray for the laborers who are sent forth into the harvest field. We all are sent out into the field knowing about the ministry of reconciliation as is stated in 2nd Corinthians 5:18. Are we not a new creation in Christ? Is not the old man passed away because of Christ?
Let us examine ourselves to see that we are in the faith of the one who we believe in. This is what the apostle Paul said to the Corinthians in 2nd Corinthians 13:5. What about the seventy that went out that Jesus had appointed in Luke chapter 10? They came back with joy and were amazed saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject unto us through thy name.” Yes, with joy they came back as victors in Christ Jesus, and Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” And oh! You must read the rest of the story of that wonderful chapter. About the things being revealed unto babes, the power of God. These seventy people that Jesus appointed were not elders of a church, they were babes in Christ doing the will of Christ, and Jesus thanked the Father about it and said, “for it seemed good in thy sight.” Will you go forth and share your testimony of what Christ has done for you?
What if you were appointed like one of the seventy people? Does this frighten you? I can remember asking elders of the church to come with me and my husband to the men’s homeless mission in Seattle, Washington. To my surprise some were afraid to go to a Christian based homeless shelter for men. Granted the scene sometimes in and around the shelter was not always pleasant to witness. There were men living in cardboard boxes by the mission. Some were intoxicated, some had mental conditions, and some were just rough around the edges. This was witnessing human degradation due to circumstances that happened in their life. This is where human dignity was gone because of failure of themself or at someone else’s hand. This is where Human dignity was violated. You may think why God would be concerned about those who violated themselves as well as others. Why? Because God so loved the world that he gave us his only son. Everyone needs the love of God residing in their heart.
Human dignity is lost when there is slavery, torture, poverty, starvation, armed conflict, domestic violence, racism, genocide, rape and human trafficking. The evil power in these practices do not reflect on the goodness of men, but rather the opposite. We may not want to be reminded of such wicked or cruel acts, but they are written down in many history books for a reason. The reason being that we should not fall to such a low estate ourselves. Can we have a change of mind towards repentance of seeking our own success and power? Yes, we can. Just look at Charles Colson and the Watergate scandal under President Richard Nixon. Charles Colson’s life changed because of Jesus Christ, and he had to tell his story in a book titled, “Born Again.” Colson became founder of the non-profit ministry of the Prison Fellowship. He made a promise while in prison to remember prisoners and their families. What a change of mind and profession Colson had, and many thought he was crazy. Would you be crazy for Christ?
Maybe we should ask that question if we would be crazy for Christ. To walk under God’s power is the best way to walk as ambassadors for Christ if we are reconciled to God. We have our minds changed from doing wicked works to doing good works in the love of Christ. This new life gives us human dignity because His love for us is genuine and not faked. We remember who we once were but now we walk in the light of His glory. We go where he sends us even if it is our own back yard because we are now ambassadors for Christ. Do not be afraid of what you might see, share how you changed your mind for Christ and received freedom from the burden of sin. Live in the light of His love, hope, and peace.