The Ambassador Comes to Call
When my wife and I were students at Regent University working on our doctorates we often had gatherings at our large Victorian home in South Norfolk. I’ll never forget when a man from Africa attended for the first time. He arrived with several of our usual guests and was a very engaging and likable person, “A hale fellow well met,” as he would’ve said in his elegant British accent.
As always we sat around our big table in the large kitchen talking, laughing, and sharing what the Lord was doing in our lives. After a few hours our new friend received a call and told us he was sorry but pressing business required his immediate attention. The people he’d come with offered to drive him home but he said, “No worries, I’ll call my driver.”
We went back to visiting until we were interrupted by a knock on the front door. You can imagine my surprise when I opened the door and there stood a tall man in a chauffeur’s uniform. Over his shoulder I could see one of the longest limos I’d ever seen with pennant flags of black, red, and green flying from the front fenders. I asked the man in and went back to the kitchen to alert our new friend that his ride was here. On the way back I asked him, “What do you do?”
He answered, “I’m the Ambassador from Kenya.”
You can imagine my surprise. There were some heavy hitters in that program; CEO’s for large corporations, command grade military officers, and pastors from some remarkable churches. However this made me think, “An ambassador was among us and we didn’t even know it.”
Since then I’ve thought, “Ambassadors are sent to represent the interests of another. If they don’t make this aspect of their presence known how can they fulfill their mandate?” And, “Every believer is called to be an Ambassador for Christ. How many of His ambassadors walk through this world and no one even knows this aspect of our presence?”
Sad to say the world is filled with undercover Christians. For most of us it’s a relevant question to ask, “If we were indicted for being a Christian is there enough evidence to convict?” Or would the charge be dropped with prejudice, which means it was dropped for a lack of evidence.
God’s Word is specific about this responsibility, “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
Or to put it another way, “Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.”
So many people say the Bible is filled with vague mysterious sayings open to almost any interpretation, like the I Ching or Tarot Cards but this operator’s manual for life on Earth gives us direct and real-time directions. Those of us who have confessed Jesus as our Commander-in-Chief and who believe that God raised Him from the dead are his twice-born children. As such these instructions apply directly to us.
We’re called to be Ambassadors for Christ. We’re called to share the message of his life, death, and resurrection and all that it means. As so often is the case the words of an old hymn sung for generations delivers the good news.
One day when heaven was filled with His praises, one day when sin was as black as could be, Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin He dwelt among men, my example is He!
Living He loved me, dying he saved me, buried He carried my sins far away, Rising, He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming—O glorious day!
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain, one day they nailed Him to die on the tree; suffering anguish, despised and rejected; bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He.
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer, one day the stone rolled away from the door; then He arose, over death He had conquered; now is ascended, my Lord evermore.
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming, one day the skies with His glory will shine; wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing; glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!
Which all adds up to our ambassadorial message, the one we’ve all been born-again to share: Living He loved me, dying he saved me, buried He carried my sins far away, rising, He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming—O glorious day!
Or, as one more contemporary song puts it, “It’s not good news. It’s the best news ever.”
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2019 Contact Dr. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens
Sad to say the world is filled with undercover Christians.