Be The Brave
Imagine this. You wake up one morning, look yourself in the mirror and say, “Today, I am going to be an Ambassador.” Whether you have done this or not, you are in luck. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (ESV) tells us, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Whether you have dreamed about being an ambassador or not, if you know Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are an Ambassador for Christ. In this chase, we are foreign ambassadors; representing Christ while He dwells in Heaven. In our time here on earth, God has granted us the authority to speak to others about Him. We are called to share Christ’s love, wrath and the Gospel, with those living in this “foreign” land we call our home.
Just like a political Ambassador, we must deal with the pressures of the world; sometimes those pressures are the enemies of Christ. One song by Veridia, a Christian Alternative Rock band, starts off saying, “There is an enemy dressed as a friend, the picture of deceit who knows the end. We're standing here unafraid in the lion's den, because the power strong enough to save is running through our veins. We are the brave.” Isn’t this true? The Bible talks about a wolf coming to us in Sheep’s clothing. Just like the analogy, there are enemies all around us, surrounding us, but these enemies should not stop us. As Ambassadors, we are called to go forth, unashamed of the Gospel. We must put our loyalty in Christ as we enter into the lion’s den of our culture and be proud of the scriptural Truths we have written on our hearts.
Through all the hardship and trials, we, Ambassadors, are called to share our faith. David Platt tells us that, “making disciples by going, baptizing, and teaching people the Word of Christ and then enabling them to do the same thing in other people’s lives—this is the plan God has for each of us to impact nations for the glory of Christ.” To make that impact, we must realize one thing. This world is not our own. God has transplanted us within nations to be a representation of Him.
This is God’s plan for His Ambassadors. We need to be brave. We need to preach and teach the Word of God. We need to show in both word and deed that we are Ambassadors for Christ. He became sin, allowing us to have a chance at righteousness. He shed His blood and died for our sin. He gave up everything, so that we might come to Him.
What is stopping you from wholeheartedly pledging your allegiance to Christ and serving Him? If we are truly to be Ambassadors, we must boldly take up our Cross and follow Him.