Ambassador for Christ by Ken Edgerly
2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (NASB)
Lately through all that has been going on, I've been thinking more and more about how ready I am to leave this place. In fact I tell people all the time, I am not afraid of this stuff that's going on, if it takes me out, I'm ready. I just don't care about this place so much anymore. I said this to someone the other day and they said, well you know, it isn't just about you. I told them, that's not what I'm saying. I think I'm concerned about the people around me and I always try to be courteous to them by distancing myself and not putting them at risk. I'm just saying, as for me, if it happens I'm not worried. Then my wife–I mean this person said–”Well maybe we aren't ready for you to go.” I just said “Well then, you go with me.” I don't think that helped.
Anyway I thought about this verse and then about how I felt and got thinking maybe she has a point. I thought about what an ambassador is. I understand that an ambassador is a person that has been personally appointed by the President or leader of the country to which that person belongs, to represent the country. It's not about that person any longer, what he thinks or wants. He now represents the country and is to only do what is asked and to say the things the leader who appointed him wants said. It seems like quite an honor and something to take very seriously.
When I think, Jesus has appointed me to be His ambassador, what a great honor that is indeed. Jesus is asking me to love others and share the good news. It's no longer about me or what I want. And as an ambassador, that means I also live in an embassy, which is a place within a foreign country filled with dangers. Because I live in this embassy I am totally protected by the authorities of the country to which I belong. I have nothing to worry about and all I'm expected to do is what is asked of me. I've been also thinking about the fantastic message Paster Rob preached last Sunday, May 31, 2020 and especially at the end when he read a blog written by G.D. Watson. I was weeping for joy inside at what I was hearing. About how God has things for each of us to do that are different from others. Sometimes they seem tougher than what others have to do and while others are seeming to be credited with doing so much, while we aren't getting the credit we feel we deserve. He has these things for us to do, because He is preparing us for something much greater than what we could imagine.
I have spent so much of my life worrying about what people thought of me and became frustrated when others got so much credit for what they did and I always seemed to just go on unnoticed. I now am beginning to feel a new freedom. That all I need to do is trust Jesus and know He has a special plan that He has called me to do and to not worry about what others think or say or do.
I am His chosen ambassador.