“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us” II Corinthians 5:20 NASB
Clearly all Christians are called to ambassadors for Christ. An ambassador is an individual living in a foreign land representing the interests of their own nation. Their goal should always be what the best interest for their nation is and how to progress the interests of their nation. The nationality of all Christians, regardless of their location, is the Kingdom of God and Jesus is our King. As ambassadors for Christ our goal should always be, what the best interest of Christ is.
When King Solomon was praying to the Lord in the dedication of the temple he asked of God to look not just upon them but also on the foreigner who would pray to God, “so that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, and fear You as do Your people Israel” (II Chronicles 6:33). God’s heart has always been that all of His creation would turn to Him and trust in Him. The temple was a testimony of the power and the presence of God in the midst of His people.
Today through Christ the New Testament teaches us that our bodies are now the Temple of God. (II Corinthians 6:19). God chooses to reside in us today through His Spirit for the same reasons He chose to reside in the Temple amongst the nation of Israel, so that the lost people of the world may know Him through His presence within us. As an ambassador we do not promote our own agenda, or our own plans, or even our own ideas. Everything we do points to the one of whom we represent.
As Christians we are in this world but are not of this world. We are foreigners in a foreign land. This world is naturally hostile toward the things of God yet we are called to represent God in this hostile world. Paul told Timothy in II Timothy 3:12 “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” When we simply try to blend in with the world and not allow Christ to shine through us we not only dishonor the Lord, we also do this world an injustice.
The world thinks that their way of living is perfectly fine, that they are on the right track, and they have everything figured out. However, they will never find peace, joy or any sense of contentment in what this world has to offer. I believe that God has put a natural void in the heart of every man that longs for God and cannot be filled by anything else. When the people of the world see the joy, the peace, and the sense of satisfaction within the lives of Christians they are then confronted with the realization that something is missing in their lives.
When we are ambassadors for Christ sharing the marvelous light of Christ we welcome the foreigner who has come to realize how brutal this world has treated him; the foreigner who is ready to give up his citizenship to this world and become a citizen of God. The church has now become the embassy welcoming him as a refugee-but more than that. Now that he has transferred his citizenship, he is a fellow citizen of the Kingdom of God-a brother in Christ. Apart from the ambassadors for Christ how would the foreigner ever know of Jesus marvelous light, how would he know he is welcome, how would he ever become a brother? He would be left to his doom.