We all have different ‘day jobs’. We are teachers, parents, nurses, pastors, business persons. Each of us chose a career that we hoped would bring joy and a sense of accomplishment. We are all unique and uniquely called to our strengths and passion.
But as different as we are, we remain bound together by a common call.
So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
We are all Ambassadors for Christ. We share that special occupation. Knowing that, maybe it’s time to ask how that job’s been going lately. For a more accurate assessment, it might help to take a look the job description. What does an Ambassador really do?
1) An Ambassador represents their home country while living and working in the country they have been appointed.
We were loved into being by our Father to live on the earth. But it isn’t our true home. Our country of origin is heaven, where our Father lives and waits for our return.
To be a good servant for heaven, we have to learn all we can about our home country, just as any earthly ambassador does. We have to know the policies, expectations and freedoms of heaven. Only then can we serve it well. If I don’t know anything about my home, I won’t be an effective representative.
2) Ambassadors consult with their country’s leaders to review policy and to gain wisdom on how to proceed in troublesome times.
A good ambassador knows that the job means ‘standing in’ for their country. They know they are not the actual leader. To keep up with the needs and wishes of the Chief of State, they have to be in regular contact with the President. The lines of communication have to be open and clear.
As agents for the Lord, we stay in contact with our ‘president’ through prayer. Daily communication with God keeps us graced with the wisdom we need to act in his love and mercy. If we don’t stay in touch, the connection will get crossed or filled with static.
Any ambassador will tell you that’s a dangerous place to be. The goal is to act on the word of our Commander, not our own wisdom.
3) Ambassadors protect fellow citizens as they travel through the foreign land.
Not only do ambassadors serve their country’s leadership, they also serve their countrymen. They are constantly open and ready to protect any resident in trouble, or assist with direction if questions arise.
Ambassadors for Christ also make it a special goal to serve their fellow travelers on earth. We are called to serve anyone who is tired, poor, sad or thirsty. A great relationship with God is not an end in itself, but spills over to assisting everyone who needs our help.
So that’s the job description. This is what we are all called to be. If our performance review was next week, would we do anything differently?
And more importantly, what would our Boss say about us?
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