The question may be asked; “Which is more important, the life that I live, or the words that I say?” That’s like asking which wing of an airplane is more important, the right or the left! In order to be an effective ambassador, it’s obvious that both are essential.
An Ambassador must be convinced and compelled, and must also accurately represent the character of his King or country with a humble integrity. – In 1 Corinthians 2:1 Paul says, “When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”
An Ambassador must also accurately reflect the passion of his King or country. Again, Paul says “Christ’s love COMPELLS us!” If we profess to be Christians, followers of Christ, and have no passion for the church or the ministry of the gospel, we are not a church at all!
An ambassador must also accurately reflect the message of his King or country. We cannot speak the truth if we do not know the truth. We cannot tell of what we have not experienced…or are not experiencing…in our own lives.
So, let’s ask the question – you know I’m going to ask the question – I know you are waiting for me to ask the question – so here it comes – What kind of ambassadors have we been for Christ? Are we compelled? Are we convinced? Do we have passion, compassion, and integrity? Are we accurately representing the message of our King? Do you think there is room for improvement?
There are three things –3 motivating forces – of this ministry of reconciliation; the first is the Character of God, the second is the Command of Christ, and the third is the Condition of Mankind. I will get into those further next week. See you then.
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