“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20-21
When I think of an ambassador, what comes to mind is a government official. It must be an incredibly challenging job to represent a country abroad. They of course have to be very familiar with the politics, laws and customs of their native land. Then, they have to be able to explain and even defend their country to others who often think very differently. The art of communication, as well as an ability to persuade, is also a part of the work.
We are all called to be ambassadors for Christ, and all those qualifications apply. If we are to represent Him, we must be familiar with God’s Word and His character. That means not just reading, but studying Scripture. We need to practice giving our testimonies, and to handle questions – communicating and persuading those who don’t understand or agree with us.
If that sounds scary, just remember that God doesn’t require perfection as one of the qualifications for this. We can begin to represent Him as we are right now. As long as we are willing to keep learning and growing, God is pleased to use us. If we take on this role, just imagine how we can help grow the Kingdom!
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