…that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. II Corinthians 5:19-20
Based upon Paul’s reference in II Cor. 5:19-20, I decided to look at what an ambassador does. We have been called “ambassadors of the kingdom of God”- God’s representatives on earth to attest to the good news of healing and redemption.
So, consider these principles of ambassadors, and see how they might fit into how we can be ambassadors for God in a world that can seem very foreign to us at times. If our job is to bring the principles of heaven to earth, think about where our “home country” is, and that we are just travelers on this earth for a period of time. Our real job is to convey the best interest of our sending authority.
An ambassador of the kingdom …
- Is trustworthy. He/she will represent the interests of the sending authority
- Has the full credit and authority of the sender
- Is empowered to act on behalf of the sending authority
- Is trusted not to exceed authority vested in her/him
- Spreads good will on behalf of the sender
- Understands the customs and culture of where he/she is sent
- Understands the mission given by the sending authority
- Speaks with the authority of the president/leader
- Maintains close, regular communication with the sending authority
- Actual citizenship remains in the sending country
- Must learn to understand and affiliate with foreign assignment without losing sight of the mother country and citizenship
- Helps to protect the interests of fellow citizens in a foreign land