Ambassadors of Christ
“We are Christ’s ambassadors and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ Himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines an ‘Ambassador’ as “an official envoy, especially a highest ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state, or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.”
As we read in the scripture portion above, Paul calls Timothy (with whom he was writing this letter to Corinthians), and himself as the Ambassador of Christ. The Apostle to the Gentiles further explains this by saying that God is using them to speak to the church at Corinth.
Draw a parallel to what the term actually means, according to Webster. In the diplomatic sense, it means that the person who assumes the role represents his country while being posted to another country. He is the “resident representative” of his country and is supposed to do and say everything that his government tells him to do. It is, in essence a “special assignment.”
As Christians, we ought to know that we are not citizens of this world. Just like how people who belongto India are called Indians, we ‘Christians’ belong to none other than Jesus Christ Himself. And as ambassadors of Christ, we are a ‘resident representative’ of Christ in this world, here on a special assignment. We are supposed to not just be obedient to our King, but in fact, do everything in our power to represent Him and glorify Him in every way.
Ideally, a diplomatic ambassador’s role is to promote peace and prosperity with his home country and the country of residence, as also safeguard the interest of other citizens from his home country. The role of an ambassador of Christ is akin, but not limited to just these three.
Promoters of Peace
As souls who live in these mortal bodies, we do have frustrating times. There are people who are tough to get along with. Ambassadors may face that problem in their country of residence all the time. We will, too! As His ambassadors, we are to live in peace with others around us, no matter what. Let me repeat that last bit. No matter what! Remember Jesus on the cross. It was unfair. It was brutal. Yet, like a lamb in front of his shearers, he kept quiet. Does that mean you turn a blind eye to the injustice you suffer? No, but channelize that anger into finding fruitful solutions that won’t hurt anybody. Often, the fruit of long-suffering goes missing in us, and that where we suffer. Leave and promote peace to show the people to the prince of Peace.
We all love hearing that word, don’t we? I mean, who wouldn’t love a bit of prosperity? But as Christians, I strongly believe our first priority should be of spiritual prosperity. Yes, we must work towards the economic prosperity of the land we live in, but our focus should be on helping people overcome their spiritual poverty and homelessness through the Name that grants them a permanent and eternal citizenship of heavenly richness. As His ambassadors, work in every way to improve the ‘relationship’ between the citizens of your temporary home and the King of the Eternal one. Show them that they’ve been purchased by His blood. That is good business. That is true prosperity.
Some people find it easier to get along with the people of the world than their own brothers and sisters in Christ. The Word of God lays a lot of importance in loving and caring for one another. That is one aspect that completes our love for God. (1 John 4:20-5:3). In fact, one of Christ’s final conversations with Apostle Peter was to “Take care of my sheep, and feed my lambs.” (John 21:15-21)
These are just three primary responsibilities. However, there is one major responsibility that we should not miss. As Paul mentions, “reconcile people to God!” And we can do that by practicing the responsibilities pertaining to our role as the Ambassador of Christ.