One word. Mentioned twice in the New Testament. And yet living that word out will impact every aspect of our life.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For years I have been fascinated with the idea of being an ambassador for Christ. Five years ago, with a goal of wanting to learn more about ambassadors, I went to the library and checked out some books written by or about ambassadors. One book, in particular, contained a number of stories that illustrated practical aspects of being an ambassador for Christ.
I recently purchased a used copy of the book (Ten Years in Japan, by Ambassador Joseph C. Grew) and am re-reading it. As I come across some of the analogies I thought about sharing them on the blog. Perhaps as the Lord challenges me and speaks to my heart others will also be encouraged. At the very least, maybe the stories and analogies could spur worthwhile discussion for families during their meal time or Bible time.
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Interesting…Just this a.m., I was writing in my journal that God has given me/our family the Ministry of Reconciliation, and citing 2 Corinthians 5…We have recently moved into a neighborhood where 2 families are in conflict, and the other families have chosen sides. One family is Mormon and the other has “given up” church (according to their young son), but I believe the children’s grandmother (who is their primary care-giver) takes them to church occasionally. An incident occurred on Sunday which started me praying about what we could do specifically. I began praying for each family and for our neighborhood, and got a sense of the awesome glory and praise God would receive if these 2 families were reconciled, not only to each other, but to Him. I am very interested to hear more about being Christ’s ambassador in this neighborhood. Thanks for this post.
Wow! Though I have red that many times, ambassadorship didn’t jump out at me or challenge me as it does now that you peeked me interest.
Looking forward to hearing more on this!
Yes, do share! You’ve peaked our interest as well. I’m sure it will be a blessing! And we all always love good things to talk about during meal time! 🙂
May the Lord contine to bless you and your family as you minister for Him to so many.
love and prayers,
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