2 Corinthians 5:20, “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”
An ambassador is an authorized representative that nations send to represent their interests in other countries. If you have made Jesus Christ Lord of your Life, then you have been sent to act as an ambassador for Him in this ungodly world, by looking after the interests of His Kingdom and in proclaiming the message of the Gospel, to a lost and dying world. If you ponder that for a few moments … you are representing the King of Kings and Lord of Lords everywhere you go. My brethren, that is a very distinguished honor we possess, and we have also been equipped by God to do it. He’s given you His Name and the power of His Word. He has even put His very own Spirit inside you, and has given you the ability to hear and obey the directions of that Spirit. As His ambassadors here on earth, He expects us to faithfully and effectively represent Him. Thus, as His ambassador He has given us two tasks to perform:
First, we are to spread the good news of salvation in such a way that unbelievers will be drawn to the light and out of their darkness. “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:18). To do this, an ambassador must live a life of conformity to His life and teachings. “As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” (1 Peter 1:15), adequately representing Him; and
Secondly, we are to saturate ourselves totally with the knowledge of His will and His precious Word so we will be able to encourage other believers, strengthening them for their duties as ambassadors as well. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), applying our attention to His directives. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Many people have never opened a Bible, know almost nothing about Jesus Christ, and many have never heard the Gospel message of salvation. All they know about Christianity is what they observe about those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Some people believe that our handwriting reveals our character. We are told by experts in the field of graphology that the style of our writing shows whether we are outgoing or withdrawn, individualistic or of a conforming nature. While some may question the reliability of this practice, it reminded me of what the apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:2. He told us that Christians are epistles “known and read by all men.” The way we compose the letters of our conduct indicates the kind of person we really are. Therefore, we must become effective Ambassadors for Christ in possessing the qualities of knowledge, wisdom and character:
(1) Knowledge is what we know,
(2) Wisdom is how to present that knowledge in an appealing fashion, and
(3) Character is the way we live our lives every day.
Thus, if we are trying to please the Lord Jesus Christ, the handwriting of our lives will reveal a love for others and a responsiveness to their needs and a love for our Lord and Savior. We will also express individuality and a willingness to stand alone for righteousness’ sake if duty demands it. Every day we will try to adjust our behavior to the will of our heavenly Father. So, my brethren let’s rededicate ourselves in working towards becoming a better and more effective Ambassador for Christ. Let’s begin to think about ourselves, not as just another ordinary man or woman, but let the interests of His kingdom be foremost in our mind and heart. Allow the Savior to live through you by relying on His power. Then let the handwriting of your life tell others you belong to Christ. Submit yourself to Him and say, “Lord, show me how to be Your Ambassador in everything that I do and say.”
It is the life behind our words that makes our testimony ring true.