KEEP LOOKING UP!
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech
you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
2 Corinthians 5:20
WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST
Here is the first mention of an ambassador in the New Testament. Paul tells
us that as Christians "we are ambassadors…" We are not "training to be“
ambassadors (though we all need training.) We are not "waiting on a call" to
be ambassadors. We are not waiting on someone to "choose" or "appoint" us
to be ambassadors. As God's children, "we are ambassadors for Christ."
WHAT IS AN AMBASSADOR?
Webster says that an ambassador means a servant or messenger. The first
definition lists an ambassador as "a diplomatic representative appointed by
one country or government to represent it in another." An ambassador's
responsibility is not to enact new laws, lead in the over-throw of their country
nor to force his home country's culture on the country in which he or she is an
ambassador. An ambassador's duty is to show the foreign country how great
and how good their home country is. Being an ambassador is a very posh
position UNLESS the country where the ambassador is stationed goes to war
with his home country. Often we read of an American ambassador being
attacked, under siege or held hostage. In the real Lord's prayer, Christ prayed:
“I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because
they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that
Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep
them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the
The Christian is an ambassador to a hostile world. He is in a world that hates
him because of his King:
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye
were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not
of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world
As ambassadors for Christ, we have the ministry of reconciliation (2
Corinthians 5:18.) We do not have the ministry of reorganization, nor of
retribution, nor of rehabilitation, nor of reconstruction, nor of refinement, nor of
reformation, nor even of revelation.
As ambassadors for Christ, our ministry is inviting, pleading and urging people
to be reconciled to God.
(2 Corinthians 5:20.)
AN AMBASSADOR IN BONDS
Just because an ambassador may be put in dire circumstances does
not remove or relieve him of his responsibility as an ambassador. The
only other time "ambassador" is mentioned in the New Testament is
when Paul said he was "an ambassador in bonds" (Ephesians 6:20.)
What an ambassador he was! By instructing Timothy, Titus, Mark,
Luke, Trophimus and others, he evangelized the entire Gentile world
(Colossians 1:6, 23; 2 Timothy 4:17!)
WHAT IS THE POINT?
The greatest mission fields in America today are being found behind
bars and razor wire fences. What is more interesting, is that one of the
greatest missionary sources is found in the same place! Some of the
most dedicated and knowledgeable Christians are those who are
coming out of jails, prisons and addiction. Some of the best Bible
students I have met are those who came out of "state and federal" Bible
schools. The denominational and religious schools are ill-equipped to
meet the needs of today. First, because they are denominational and
teach with a denominational slant. Secondly, because they are taught
by upper middle class "wanna be" scholars instead of "hands on" doers.
We are not going to the reach the average American with some new
perverted translation, but with those who have "put on the new man"
(Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10.) These are the "ambassadors in
Recently a guard commented to me, "I have always thought you guys
were wasting your time until I saw the change in ____________. He
used to be our biggest problem, now he is a pleasure to be around."
Jesus’ blood can make the vilest sinner clean!
Keep Looking Up!
In loving memory of Leland Maples