Represent

Week 3, Day 3

Representing our Homeland and our King

By: Patti Lozano

2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, to be reconciled to God.”

To me this scripture is about the ministry of reconciliation and as Christians we have official orders to be ambassadors of reconciliation.

First I’d like to break down the two big words in this passage (basically):

  1. Reconciliation; means to restore, reunite, and fix/mend all relations.

  2. Ambassador, an accredited person who acts as a representative for a specific activity.

Now let’s look closer at what is this ministry of being an ambassador for Christ. Reading from 2 Corinthians 5:18 & 19. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

As Christians we know that God saved us, healed us and restored us through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. This was God’s immeasurable mercy and grace, without the grace and mercy we were condemned to His wrath and instead of wrath we got to be reconciled to A Holy God, our Father. This is an amazing exchange…wrath for peace, in addition to peace (vs. 18) we are entrusted to pass on the Good News. This is why we are ambassadors for God! Think about it…in the world’s terms, an ambassador for another country knows how the county lives, acts and operates.

In God’s terms, an ambassador for the Kingdom of God also knows how to live, act, and operate. Then we enter the culture (s) of this world as foreigners living out the Kingdoms grace and mercy that God has given to us!

My friends before having peace with my Father, I was under such darkness and condemnation. It felt like I would die in this hole alone, suffering with a damned soul...it was pure torment.  However, as scripture reads in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 God had a plan, it was His plan all along that He would make a way through Jesus’ death and resurrection for reconciling me to Him and THAT removed my torment and with Salvation peace entered. I continue to live out peace because God never holds my sins against me… truly I am a new creation! It is so amazing that I get to be in partnership with the God of the universe to carry out His message.

Reflection Questions

Finally: I often shudder to think…where I would be if not for the obedience of God’s ambassador(s) in my life?

My challenge to you with Kingdom citizenship: Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to empower you to be God’s mouthpiece? Are you leaning on your own words for these ambassador appointments? One may say, “Well, I don’t have a ministry” As a follower of Christ we are ALL in some form of ministry. The ministry of taking care of God’s word and sharing it with a world that is lost and dying. Take courage, the Word is the “sword of the Spirit” and the Spirit will bring specific Scriptures to mind at the time when we need them most. In Paul’s words (Eph 6:20). “I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for Him as I should.”

THIS IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE FAITH!

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, to be reconciled to God.”

To me this scripture is about the ministry of reconciliation and as Christians we have official orders to be ambassadors of reconciliation.

First I’d like to break down the two big words in this passage (basically):

  1. Reconciliation; means to restore, reunite, and fix/mend all relations.

  2. Ambassador, an accredited person who acts as a representative for a specific activity.

Now let’s look closer at what is this ministry of being an ambassador for Christ. Reading from 2 Corinthians 5:18 & 19. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

As Christians we know that God saved us, healed us and restored us through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. This was God’s immeasurable mercy and grace, without the grace and mercy we were condemned to His wrath and instead of wrath we got to be reconciled to A Holy God, our Father. This is an amazing exchange…wrath for peace, in addition to peace (vs. 18) we are entrusted to pass on the Good News. This is why we are ambassadors for God! Think about it…in the world’s terms, an ambassador for another country knows how the county lives, acts and operates.

In God’s terms, an ambassador for the Kingdom of God also knows how to live, act, and operate. Then we enter the culture (s) of this world as foreigners living out the Kingdoms grace and mercy that God has given to us!

My friends before having peace with my Father, I was under such darkness and condemnation. It felt like I would die in this hole alone, suffering with a damned soul...it was pure torment.  However, as scripture reads in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 God had a plan, it was His plan all along that He would make a way through Jesus’ death and resurrection for reconciling me to Him and THAT removed my torment and with Salvation peace entered. I continue to live out peace because God never holds my sins against me… truly I am a new creation! It is so amazing that I get to be in partnership with the God of the universe to carry out His message.

Reflection Questions

Finally: I often shudder to think…where I would be if not for the obedience of God’s ambassador(s) in my life?

My challenge to you with Kingdom citizenship: Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to empower you to be God’s mouthpiece? Are you leaning on your own words for these ambassador appointments? One may say, “Well, I don’t have a ministry” As a follower of Christ we are ALL in some form of ministry. The ministry of taking care of God’s word and sharing it with a world that is lost and dying. Take courage, the Word is the “sword of the Spirit” and the Spirit will bring specific Scriptures to mind at the time when we need them most. In Paul’s words (Eph 6:20). “I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for Him as I should.”

THIS IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE FAITH!




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