Called to Be Christ’s Ambassador
“You look like a teacher,” Van often says to me. Even now I’m retired, he still thinks I dress like a teacher. I go out of my way not to wear holiday-themed sweaters or jewelry, but according to Van, I still sport a “teacher look.”
Nothing like the elegant, cocktail dress and heels, bejeweled ladies serving as ambassadors at Washington D.C. parties. The closest I’ve ever come to seeing an ambassador is on TV shows like Madame Secretary and West Wing. Men and women of influence, laughing and talking while waiters with trays of champagne and hors d’Oeuvres on a silver tray stroll through groups of people laughing and talking.
I would stick out like a sore thumb. And not just because of my wardrobe.
Yet, here in my quiet, commonplace neighborhood, I am called to be Christ’s ambassador.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making his appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Van and I wrote this verse in the entryway so as we leave our home, we remember we are ambassadors for Christ. Unlike every other kingdom, however, God’s Kingdom calls not for outward appearance but character to mark us as His ambassadors.
The Responsibilities of an Ambassador
An ambassador’s main responsibilities include conducting the business of her country and representing her King by building relationships with others not part of the Kingdom. Heaven, not earth, is my true home. I represent the Kingdom of God. And I want to influence people to know God better, draw those not part of the Kingdom closer to Christ. My outward appearance makes no difference to God; I can keep my “teacher look.” As Christ’s ambassador, I must cultivate His character.
When I step into my area of influence-my neighbor walking his dog, the checker at the market bagging my groceries, the librarian helping me find a book-my attitude and manner must be humble and gracious. I represent Christ; therefore, I look for opportunities to help others see Him. My response in every situation should be patience and kindness, gentleness and mercy. Everything I say and do should point people to Christ, to want to know more about His Kingdom and becoming a citizen of heaven.
Prayer to be Christ’s Ambassador, 2 Corinthians 5:20
Lord, You call me to be Your ambassador. I represent You everytime I step out of the front door. Help me build relationships where I influence others for You. Cultivate my character, my attitude, and actions to reflect Christ: humble, gentle, patient, kind, and merciful. When others see me, may they be drawn to You. Amen.
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