“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20
Did you read that verse? I am not sure about you, but my first reaction is WOW! Read that verse again. We are ambassadors of Christ! What an incredible privilege, but also an incredible calling! Webster defines an Ambassador as, “An authorized representative or messenger; a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government.” In this passage, Paul is writing about two different topics. The first is our relationship with Christ and the second, our relationship with the world.
He begins in 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 writing, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” Paul reminds the church in Corinth and us of the message of the Gospel. It is through Christ that we have been saved and reconciled to our Heavenly Father. Without the atoning blood of Christ over us, we would never be able to have a relationship with God. Yet, God reconciled, redeemed, saved us from our sins, and repaired that broken relationship! It does not stop there. This is where the second part comes in, our relationship and call in this world.
What is this ministry of reconciliation? Paul makes it clear that through us, we have been called to carry the Gospel, this message of reconciliation, to the world. God has called us to be His representatives, His messenger, and His highest ranking agent to a broken and sinful world that is in such need of reconciliation to its Creator. Today, I hope you are challenged with two things. First, never forget that you have been redeemed and reconciled to the Lord through our Savior Jesus Christ. If you are reading this and have not experienced that reconciliation and redemption, you can do that right now! Romans 10:9 tells us that if we confess Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that He is truly the Risen Savior, you will be saved! Secondly, we have been called the Ambassadors of Christ. We have been given the greatest calling ever, the privilege to represent our Savior, Jesus Christ, to the whole world on God’s behalf. Wow!