so we are
“So we are Christ’s ambassadors…” – 2 Corinthians 5:20
This week I boarded a flight with the zone 2 boarding group. After first class boarded, those with special needs or concerns, the medallion class, platinum, premium, gold, silver, tungsten, and boron classes boarded.
Finally, the friendly lady at the gate gave a kind of “all the rest of y’all” call and we straggled onto the plane to fill the middle rows of our flight.
We live in a contractual, reward based society. If you fly enough, purchase with the right card, you’re rewarded with fine meals, drinks and whatever else goes on in 1st class.
Everything operates this way. If you complete a degree in higher education, you’ll likely land a better job. Once you start working, if you work harder or smarter, you’ll earn more. We intuitively get contractual relationships based on the idea of “when you do this for me, I’ll do that for you.”
Religion is man’s effort to earn their way to God. Based on how everything else in our world works, religion makes sense.
Christianity, though, is God’s way of making us right with Himself. He has done for us, what we could not do for ourselves.
“For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law…We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” – Romans 3:20-22
With our contractual tendencies, we struggle to understand Jesus and His Good News. He gives and grants things to us.
So we are ambassadors of Christ. I read this a few weeks ago, and keep thinking of these 3 words…so we are. It’s hard to accept this, is it not?
Ambassadors are sent to a foreign land, to represent the interests of their King. In our world, an ambassador earns his position. At a minimum, they have a relationship with the ruler, but hopefully, they’re chosen because of their credentials and abilities. Essentially, they earned the king’s respect, and are qualified to be a representative of their homeland.
However, based only on our belief and trust in Him, Jesus has made us His ambassadors.
“So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!"” – 2 Corinthians 5:20
So we are His ambassadors. Unearned, but appointed by God Himself, we find ourselves in an undeniable position. We represent Him. The King. Here, and now.
When an ambassador arrives, it’s noticeable. In the spiritual realm, when a believer walks into a situation with non-believers, something happens. Light, not our little light, but the light of The Lord God Almighty, which resides in us, pierces darkness.
We don’t decide when we’re ready; we’re ready when He says we are. He orchestrates events in our lives, protecting us from some things and permitting others. He has appointed us to shine, struggle, walk through or sit in each circumstance, for Him (eph 2:10).
It is in the brilliance of how God moves and orchestrates that He is able to accomplish extraordinary, supernatural things with ordinary people.
We have a responsibility to remember our position, and to live lives worthy of this high calling. As His ambassadors, our authority only comes from our direct relationship with the King. The closer and stronger our relationship, the better we’re able to represent our King.
Ambassadors don’t set the agenda, or take liberties with the King’s message. They trust the wisdom of the King’s timing and plans.
The words are simple. God has placed us here to represent Him. He has declared it, so we are His ambassadors. So. we. are.