Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20
I love words and even more so words that have several meanings. Lately, one word that has been getting my attention is the word ambassador. According to the dictionary, an ambassador is:
- a diplomat sent by a country on official business
- a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity
- an authorized messenger or representative
The origin derived from the Latin word Ambaxus-Ambactus, meaning servant or minister.
In today’s world, we know the highest-ranking government official chooses ambassadors – people who represent our nation across the globe. While they may live in other countries, they know the rules of their home country still reign over them and all its protections. It’s important to note that while the laws of their home country are still protecting them, it is not a free pass to act and do as they please, there are responsibilities. We can even take a look at brand ambassadors. They go out to functions spreading information about a product seeking buyers.
So how does one become an Ambassador for Christ?
First, we must accept Christ as our savior. Once we do this, we are giving up ourselves. We shed away our former selves and become new. In doing so, we are now citizens in the Kingdom of God; we no longer belong to the kingdom of ourselves.
Next, we study the bible. Think of it as studying an instruction manual. Everything we need to know about how to behave, forgive, remain in hope, love, work, and so much more is all in there. We must be walking examples living out the word of God through our actions. Everything we do, we must have God at the center of it all. Now, just like political Ambassadors, this is not a free pass to live without regard for your nation’s laws. Jesus does tell us in Luke 20:25, Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
Finally, as Ambassadors for Christ, we must spread the good news of God’s Kingdom. This step is hard for some and easy for others. In today’s world, it is easier than one thinks. There are so many ways for us to spread the good news of God. Share your favorite biblical verse on social media. There will be unbelievers who may try to argue with you but pray for them. You don’t have to engage in arguments. You should pray that God touches their hearts the way He has touched yours. Start a podcast, interviewing people who received God’s grace. Blog about your journey with Christ. Go to church. Get involved. Donate. Be kind to one another. Lift your brothers and sisters.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:1-4.
You are not alone. We are here for you. Let us know how we can pray for you.