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  • We are all Ambassadors

    If this temple called a body is destroyed, we know there is another temple for us with God, an eternal temple which will live in the house of the Lord.

    And this is why we have no regard for our mortality. We know the body that awaits us is eternal. Leaving this world, we will not go naked into the next.

    In this body we complain, for this body is burdened with pain and age. The body that awaits us is immortal and clothed in mercy and glory.

    For the God who made these mortal vessels is the same God who created the heavens; the same God who has given us the Holy Spirit.

    So we do not fear death, for while we are in this body, we are not yet in the presence of God.

    For we walk by faith, not by sight.

    We are not afraid. We are even willing to die if it is God's will, for we would be in the presence of God.

    This is why we continue to do our mission, so that in both this world and the next, we are approved of God.

    We will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to answer for all we have done in this life, whether it be good or bad.

    So for the fear of God's wrath, we preach the gospel; not for our own sake, for we are already approved of God, just as I pray you are as well.

    We are telling you this not to gain your approval, but to encourage you to live a fitting witness so you may encourage those who are not yet saved.

    Whatever we do, we should do for the glory of God and as an example for others.

    This is the love of Christ we are bound by. If Jesus died for all, then all were dead. Since He died for all, those who now live can no longer live for themselves, but for others, as He did.

    Therefore, to us, men are no longer flesh and blood alone, but souls awaiting their rebirth. Even as Christ perished in mortal form and was resurrected, they will be reborn in Christ's image.

    If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: the old self is buried and all things are new.

    Everything for Him is God who has redeemed us in the blood of Jesus Christ and has given us this ministry to perform.

    Our ministry is our witness, that Jesus was God in mortal form, that He came to us not to condemn us for our sins, but to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice, so that we could reunite with our Creator.

    We are now God's ambassadors for Christ. Appointed by God through the gospel I have taught you. So we pray for you to remain faithful to that calling, and give a witness fitting for an ambassador.

    God has purchased you with a great price, for He made Himself sin for us so we might be righteous in His eyes.

    Your mission has only begun

    It's pretty easy to become complacent in life. You reach a point where things are comfortable and you say, “Okay, I've arrived.” and you settle in to the routine. You don't lose anything, but you don't gain, either. Your life becomes static, inert. After that, you start to lose things so slowly, you don't even realize they're gone until it's too late.

    It happens with everyone, even new Christians. At first, they're on fire for the Lord, preaching or verbally witnessing to anyone who will listen. But after they've lost a few friends, been rejected for their views, or even lost a job or a spouse, they sort of wither down until they're just taking up space in the pew.

    Oh, they make it to church, they say their prayers before meals, they live a sedentary life that excludes sinful practices. On one extreme, they become active in strictly Christian activities, the choir, the church camp, Vacation Bible School, teaching a Sunday School class, or contributing to the business of running the church. On the other extreme, they become C&E* Christians who show up twice a year and are rarely seen unless there is a special event, like a wedding or a funeral.

    Paul is telling us it's not enough. We are called to be more than just people sitting in a pew, singing hymns, and occasionally serving on a committee in the church. We are called to be “In the world, but not of it”. We are called to witness to the unsaved.

    Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying we all have to pick up our Bibles and head to the street corners to do our shift. No one is asking you to wear a sign around your neck that says, “The end is near!” or run around in sackcloth and ashes. I'm not even asking you to pray at the top of your lungs before you eat your meals in a public restaurant.

    But you can't sequester yourselves with other Christians and pretend to be doing your mission. And as Paul points out, you DO have a mission. Your mission may be different in practice, as Paul pointed out in 1st Corinthians, depending on the gifts of the Spirit. But in theory, the mission is the same for all of us, to follow the Holy Spirit and allow Him to direct our daily life.

    When you do, I promise you your life will be anything but complacent. Our Lord is a living God, a real force that will lead you on to witness in your day to day life. You may never preach a sermon or baptize one soul, but your example will eventually lead to a soul coming to the Lord. By being in the world and living your witness, you will become the bridge that leads a soul to reunite with our Creator.

    By definition, this makes you an ambassador.

    I hope you are having a blessed and glorious day.

    Fred

    *Christmas and Easter.
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