April 2011 Newsletter: Ambassadors of Christ

Therefore, we are ambassadors of Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

Have you considered lately the reality that if you are a Christian, you are an ambassador for Christ?  An ambassador is one who enters another nation or kingdom as a representative of the leader of his own nation or kingdom.  That is truly a marvelous picture of the privilege and responsibility we bear.  In Christ, we are citizens of Heaven and we live in this world to represent our King Jesus.

We have been going through the Sermon on the Mount on Sunday mornings.  In this sermon that covers Matthew 5-7, Jesus describes to us what it looks like to be a citizen of Heaven while representing Him in the world.  The key thought Jesus gives us is to be the Salt of the earth and the Light of the world as we reflect His life through ours.  So far, Jesus has described several ways we can practically be that Salt and Light: don’t hold grudges but pursue reconciliation; maintain purity of thought; hold marriage in high regard; be truthful and have integrity; instead of retaliating against those who do evil to you, leave justice to God and love your enemies, and beware of hypocritical religion (doing religious things to gain the attention and adoration of others instead of for the sole purpose of honoring our God.)

Only half way through the Sermon on the Mount and we must ask, “How is it possible to live this out and be an ambassador for Jesus when all the things Jesus teaches us seem to be in complete contradiction to our natural responses?’  What is clear is that to live out the character of Jesus we must experience a radical and complete transformation.  That transformation is giving up our personal rights to make Jesus our Lord.  That radical transformation is salvation.  That is why Paul says, before declaring that we are ambassadors, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Have you experienced this transformation in Christ?  Have you been made new through coming to Jesus for salvation?  If not, I plead with you “be reconciled to God” through faith in His Son Jesus.  If so, joyously fulfill your privilege and responsibility to be the ambassador of Jesus today!

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