“Are You an Ambassador for Christ?”

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The Bible commands every believer to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ, in this sin-soaked world, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). 

This is a command that is not to be mocked, ignored, or down-played by Christ’s Church. An ambassador is a spokesman for his homeland in a foreign land. Thus, we are to be spiritual ambassadors for our heavenly homeland while we live as His people in this distant land. Put another way, it is right and good for us to consider ourselves as heavenly pilgrims, who are living in and moving through, this strange land, whose daily business is to represent well, the wishes of our great King, “Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day” (Psalm 96:2). This great King will have His people always doing their utmost to do His Most Holy Will. That is, to make His Name known in their Jerusalem, in their Judea & Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of this realm, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and unto the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Wow! What an awesome privilege every Christian has been given -- the calling to bear-witness of the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, from wherever he or she resides! Our success in this blessed calling is assured (Psalm 2:8; Hebrews 2:8), and our success is also secured (Matthew 16:18; Revelation 5:9). But there are other believers, who, in addition to having the same calling as the one I have just laid out before you, who have an additional calling from God, which requires them to leave their native land, and to bear the good tidings of salvation to all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). These missionaries are spiritually-made, not physically-born. They are called through both the homes they were raised-in and through the churches they were nurtured-in. Typically, they come from godly homes, just like the childhood home of the great foreign missionary John Paton’s (the 19th Century Scottish missionary to the South Seas Cannibals), who heard daily, along with his many siblings, the prayers of their father James, for the salvation of the heathen peoples in distant lands -- who had never heard the gospel. Such homes, always have the world before them, and the souls of lost men driving them to their knees -- O God give us countless homes like the Paton home, who will not stop wrestling with You until they see the heathen world loving you! Just as the saintly 19th Century missionary to Persia (Iran), Henry Martyn, once said, “The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of missions, and the nearer we get to Him the more intensely missionary we must become.” In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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