May 25, 2021
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 25 May 2021
An ambassador for the United States has many responsibilities. Biblically speaking, believers are chosen by Christ to be his ambassadors. Christians have many responsibilities in seeking to represent Christ. Believers are not merely called to be recipients of saving grace; they are also commissioned to be participants of that same redemptive grace. Therefore, every Christian is called to ministry, not necessarily by vocation or even as a church leader, but through a lifestyle of intentional behavior as an ambassador for Christ.
Second Corinthians 5:20 is a verse addressed to Christians in every realm of life; it declares, “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 Christ.” The responsibility of an ambassador is to represent a nation or kingdom before others. For the believer, every action taken and word spoken is to be intentional as representing King Jesus to the nations of the earth. Ambassadors represent the authority of kings, who though not physically present, commission others to speak or act on behalf of them. The work of an ambassador is to be as intentional as it is unceasing.
God’s people are also to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matt 5:13-14), which means being intentional to fulfill the Lord’s purposes here on earth. When considering God’s saving grace, Christians should “no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Cor 5:15). Our actions, character, and words represent the King who is not present, and thus every action taken and word spoken has importance because of the King we represent.
Being an ambassador for Christ means “you are not your own” (1 Cor 6:19). Our lives now belong to another Person (v. 20) which is why it is essential “in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity” to show oneself “an example of those who believe” (1 Tim 4:12). Several questions arise in terms of this verse and the believer’s responsibility as an ambassador. For instance, does our “speech” betray us or prove our identity with Christ Jesus? Is our “conduct” lived in obedience to the authority of King Jesus, both among believers and unbelievers?
Ambassadors are not self-seeking; rather, they demonstrate authentic “love” because God is love and He is to be the source of the believer’s love, as he or she walks “by the Spirit” (Gal 5:16-17). “Faith” is trust in Christ, which leads to confidence and dependence on what He has done and what He declares as truth. Ambassadors live daily – by grace through faith – knowing that God “is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Heb 11:6). “Purity” refers to the avoidance of fleshly lusts as a result of spiritual consecration. Few things can decimate the testimony of a Christian more than impurity.
God’s purpose is to own the lives of his people, without any reservation on their part. The intent of God’s saving grace is not merely to secure an eternity for those redeemed; it is also to conform their lives to worship of the Lord and Him alone (as opposed to serving oneself). He has, therefore, commissioned his people as ambassadors to make an appeal for the hearts of others. How would God use you in the ministry of reconciliation?
REMINDER: the Capitol Commission (interim) Bible Studyis next Tuesday, 1st of JuneZoom and 328 CLOB (Senate Committee Room) @ 12 Noon