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Christ’s ambassadors (1)

12 June 2023 ‘We are…Christ’s ambassadors.’ 2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV

One of our jobs in God’s kingdom is to be His ambassadors. What a privilege! And what a responsibility! Over the next few days, let’s look at some of the qualities of an ambassador. First, you must be a citizen of the country you represent. And ‘our citizenship is in heaven’ (Philippians 3:20 NIV). When John was in exile, he said, ‘I…was on the island of Patmos…On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit’ (Revelation 1:9-10 NIV). John knew it wasn’t where he was, but whose he was that counted the most as he represented his Lord. Our own lives are the only Bible many people will ever read. Our words might be the only gospel they ever hear. And our attitude might do more to win them to Christ than all the arguments we could make. Before Jesus was crucified, He prayed this prayer for His disciples: ‘I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world’ (John 17:15-18 NKJV). Before an ambassador is appointed, they go through the closest scrutiny imaginable. Their moral integrity, their financial dealings, their family life, their work record, their every word and action come under the microscope. Shouldn’t it be more so for ambassadors of the King of kings? So, never forget whose side you’re on. Never forget what kingdom you belong to. Never forget who you represent. You are Christ’s ambassador.

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