Ambassadors For The Lord
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 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. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Ambassador. What a title! It is significant and it is what you are as a Christian. As a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven you are God’s representative to this world. You no longer have to look at people in regards to their past. You now get to look at people in the light of their future, if they become Christians. Wow! What a wonderful responsibility the Lord has given to you. Congratulations!
As God’s ambassador, what is your responsibility? Love others into the Kingdom of Heaven. How? Inform your family, friends, and acquaintances that God won’t count their sins against them. God will wipe their slate clean. They can be a new creation and have a new beginning! God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for their sin. When? This happened when He died on the cross. Why? So that we could be made right with God through our acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice for us! Reconciliation!
God makes His appeal to people you know through you!
What is required on their part to be reconciled with God? A lifelong commitment to Jesus Christ. This message was proclaimed by the apostles on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:37-41 and continues until the Lord returns. Today is the day of salvation. Today is the day anyone can deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Jesus!
So, Ambassador __(your name)___, do a great job loving your world by giving them the opportunity to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
Pray for these churches:
East Ovid United Brethren Church
Lockwood Community Church