What is an ambassador? Dictionary.com defines ambassador as a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative’. Using that definition, we are citizens of heaven placed here on earth to represent Heaven and our King, Jesus Christ. If we represent someone, we should strive to imitate that person and to show those around us what that person is like. We also represent the country we are from and we want to paint a beautiful word picture of what life is like in our home country. We certainly want to issue everyone an invitation to come and be with us in our country. There are four words in this definition that caught my eye. Those four words are “of the highest rank”. That doesn’t leave much wiggle room for us to say that we can’t or that we don’t have the authority to do this or that. What we are is what they will think our leader and our country is like. Does our lifestyle make people want to know more about Jesus and an eternity in heaven or does it leave them thinking something else?
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them. — Mark 5:19, 20 NLT
Do you remember the joy and the excitement that came into your life when you first accepted Jesus as your Savior? Some of us felt great burdens lifted from us and immediately experienced freedom from some of our old habits. Others just felt a peace that they had never had before. Either way, most of us suddenly felt a great desire to tell somebody about what had just happened. Our lives were changed for the better. It was the beginning of a journey with Jesus. That journey has and will continue to take us through experiences and situations that will try us. Each of these experiences will be an opportunity for us to grow closer to the Lord or a temptation for us to become bitter. That choice is up to us. If we choose correctly, we will find that we always come through those times a little stronger than we were before. Our initial joy will be increased becaused of the victories that we have over these situations. Those victories comes from Jesus Christ, just as our salvation came from His actions at Calvary. Each of these experiences of overcoming temptation and suffering is another story we can use to tell people about Jesus. They aren’t just for our benefit, they are to be shared so that others will come to know Jesus. They are to be shared with those around us where we are right now. It is not necessary to change your vocation. When Jesus sent the disciples out, He instructed them to do tell others “as you go”.
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. — Matt. 10:7. 8 NIV
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. — 1 Peter 2:11,12 NIV
As sons, daughters and heirs of God, we should act accordingly. Jesus gave up all of His glory in heaven, came to earth and lived as a human and an exile here. He did this so that He might become the first born of the new covenant and the head of the church.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. — Col. 1:18-20 NIV
As the first born, He is our example to follow. He lived a sinless life. We, as humans, cannot obtain perfection as long as we live in these fleshly tents. We are in a daily battle to overcome our fleshly desires. It should be our hearts’ desire to get as close to that goal as we can. Not only are we foreigners and exiles, but we are amassadors of God and our home country, heaven. Our thoughts, words and actions should reflect the character of the leaders of that country. If we strive to do that on a daily basis, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, God will be glorified. When we do this with humility and love, it will cause others to want what we have. As souls are added to the Kingdom, God will receive more and more glory. When a soul is saved, it is as if God has visited us because there is a little more of heaven on earth.
14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. — Hebrews 13:14-16 NIV
We are foreigners and aliens here on earth this is not our home. We are citizens of heaven. God has chosen to leave us here for a while to be ambassadors for Christ.
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. — 2 Cor. 5:20 NIV
An ambassador is a person who has been sent from his home country to a foreign country as an official representative. God has chosen each of us, individually and specifically, to represent Him while we are here. A really good ambassador always speaks highly of his home country and its leader(s). In other words, he heaps praise upon them. He does everything in his power to try to get visitors to come to his country. That is our job. We want to get people to do more than visit our country (Heaven), we want them to stay for eternity. We do that by praising God continuously and telling others about the amazing love and grace of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. We show them what a wonderful thing it is to accept Christ by our praise, prayers and our walk. Jesus went about doing good and that is our example. We need to share with others and that takes time and effort. God is extremely pleased when we sacrifice our time and resources to honor Him. Investing our time and resources into harvesting a soul for Jesus is a high profit endeavor. The blessings will start here and the rewards will continue into eternity. There is no other investment that will pay those kind of high dividends for eternity. Practice being a good ambassador for Christ. The rewards are out of this world!
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.– Rev. 22:12 KJV