“Ladies and gentleman, the Ambassador of the United States.” This is a greeting that you may hear if you have the opportunity to attend a State dinner at the home of the US Ambassador. Now, I have never attended a State dinner, but I do remember touring different ambassador homes in Washington, DC when I was young. I didn’t know at that time what an Ambassador was, but what I did realize is that the homes they lived in were HUGE. I thought that whomever this person was, he must have been important.
Did you ever have to represent a group of people anywhere? What I mean is, did you have to reflect the statutes or rules or position of a group? If you ever accepted a leadership position at your workplace or in your community, you were certainly representing a larger group of people. What does all of this mean? Well, you may not have had a title of Ambassador, but that is what you essentially were. What is the meaning of Ambassador? Generally speaking, an ambassador is a respected official acting as a representative of a nation. Now, you didn’t represent the United States of America, but you represented a group of people. You were chosen because of your leadership or knowledge and were given authority from the group to reflect the official position of the group.
Going back to when I was a kid, I knew that the Ambassador must have been an important guy, but I didn’t have any idea what he did. I just liked his big house. He even had a staff working for him. WOW. His job is so important that foreign government officials would call on him. Maybe he has the “Secret Red Phone.” As a kid, I watched way too much TV.
Anyways, did you know if you are a Christian, something similar has happened to you? Yes. You are an Ambassador for Christ. Your actions, character, and words should embody that of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The work of an Ambassador in Christ means that everything we say and do represents the King. We have been “approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel” according to 1 Thessalonians 2:4. We are entrusted with the message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18). We as Christians carry with us the message of mercy and reconciliation to a lost and dying world. Jesus lived this ministry on earth. Jesus acted on behalf of His Heavenly Father demonstrating mercy and reconciliation to those He met. Jesus was an Ambassador of Mercy.
You may be asking, “How can I represent Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father as an Ambassador of Mercy?” Well, here are a few things you can try.
- Start looking and listening for other people’s needs. Like the needs of people in your neighborhood, your work, even your family. My mom and dad were very good at this.
- Don’t be offended by their sins. We all sin and fall short of the Glory of God. (Rom. 3:23) Grace and Mercy are unconditional. They are deserving of that same unconditional love that you have received.
- Choose your words carefully. As Ambassadors in Christ we need to choose our words wisely when communicating God’s truth.
- We must value saving people over keeping rules. I value rules but sometimes some of the “rules” are more tradition than Biblical. Jesus often times set aside typical decorum and rules if it meant reconciling someone to His Heavenly Father.
I will conclude with this quick story. From about the time of my high school graduation (1973) to July 1999 I led a life that wasn’t good. I was messed up and had lost everything; including my wife and home. I worked because I had to. A man I worked for demonstrated being an Ambassador in Christ to me on one particular Friday afternoon. I had decided that day to take my life and I wanted this man to send me home from work. I had it planned. It was the one year anniversary of my divorce from my wife. We were married 21 years. We had two great kids, but my life was messed up and my marriage had fallen apart. So I asked this man to send me home because I couldn’t keep my mind on my work. That way I could go home and take my life. Well, instead of granting me my wish, this man who was my boss asked me if he could pray for me. I sat down, he took my hands and he prayed. Two days later, on Sunday, I found myself at his church and I gave my life to Jesus Christ. This man’s name was Mark. His prayer was my Miracle of Mercy.
As Christians, we are called to be Ambassadors of Mercy. We represent Jesus Christ in this world. Just like Mark, we need to see the greater picture. We need to set aside what may be the easy solution and really step into the Miracle. I live today because Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. My sins were forgiven. Mark represented Jesus on earth and my life was forever changed as a result of that. Whose life will you touch as an Ambassador for Christ?
Have a very blessed weekend!