Ambassadors for Christ

I love to hear stories and examples of how God works in people’s lives. I love to hear how He provided for a need or how He worked a mighty healing. I love to hear how God orchestrated daily events and circumstances for someone to be able to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the past weeks, I’ve been privileged to hear such stories and to give thanks and praise to God. 

It is undeniable that God is the one doing the work in these lives. But it is equally undeniable that God has chosen to use His Church to be the instruments with which He works. As His Church, we are called to serve. We are called to put the needs of others way above our own needs and desires no matter what the cost is to us. 

I see the apostle Paul attesting to this in 2 Corinthians 5. Paul is talking to the Corinthian church about the need of reconciliation with God. We have to understand that because of sin, we are at war with God (James 4:4), which separates us from Him and the relationship that He created us for in the first place. But because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, paying the penalty of our sin and restoring the relationship of all who believe, we can be reconciled to God. 

There is an important question that Scripture poses—if no one tells the message from the King, who will be able to be reconciled? That’s why Paul reminds us in v. 20 that, “we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” As believers in Jesus, we have been given a message to give to the world—be reconciled to God. We are His Ambassadors. 

We have a calling here at CDAC for every person to be an ambassador for Christ as you take the message of the gospel to those we love. It is important to understand just how this is done and what your role in this mission of service you have. 

  • Talk about Jesus with your friends and neighbors, family and coworkers—let them see Jesus in you and hear why you have hope in Christ.
  • Serving in outreach opportunities that take this message to the community—through VBS, Fall Festival, or our booth that was set up at the Arts and Music Festival—the Church provides opportunities for being an ambassador. 

Please be in prayer about how God would desire you to be His Ambassador specifically. 

My friends, we have been given a message to the world from our King. Let us be determined to deliver it and see Christ do mighty things in the lives of this world. 

Never Again

I remember when I was a child and heard the story of Noah for the first time. My first thought was how Noah fit all those animals on a boat. Then I remembered thinking about what life was like on the boat and that it must have smelled awful. Finally as we had finished the story I remembered being so thankful that God wasn't ever going to flood the earth again and how he gave a rainbow as a sign for us. Until recently that story has been just that, a story. But now I have come to appreciate that story for being a perfect illustration for our lives as Christians. 

In Gen. 8:20-22 Noah made an altar to God and sacrificed animals for a burnt offering and when God smelled the pleasing aroma he said "I will never again curse the ground because of man for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done". God is saying that there is evil in man's heart even when he is young but there is also something he loves about mankind. When God smelled that sacrifice a deal was made and God said he would never judge all of mankind like that again. Does this sound familiar? 

Paul uses similar language in Ephesians 5:2 "And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." This same fragrant aroma was breathed in by God when his Son Jesus died on the cross. Because of this sacrifice Christians no longer have to bear the full judgment for our sin. How many times do we (the church) dwell on our sin and let it turn into guilt and shame? God is saying that the things of your past pale in comparison to Christ's sacrifice for you. We should spend more time looking toward the mission of Christ and less time worrying about our past. When we have this perspective we will truly be able to walk in love without the burden of guilt and shame weighing us down.