2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Evangelistic Envoy

Ambassador or Imposter

We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf. Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

U.S. ambassadors are the President's highest-ranking representatives to specific nations or international organizations abroad and represent the interests and policies of the United States in those foreign countries or organizations. An effective ambassador is a strong leader—a good manager, a resilient negotiator, and a respected representative of the United States. Currently, there are 215 U.S. ambassador positions including 21 ambassadors to international agencies and another six who are ambassadors-at-large. Ambassadors are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. They answer directly to the Secretary of State but serve at the pleasure of the President.

As ambassadors of Christ, we are appointed by God and confirmed by the Holy Spirit without exception upon our profession of faith. We represent kingdom interests by sharing the good news of reconciliation through the power of the Holy Spirit with citizens of a broken world living without hope. According to Candace Waggoner, representing Christ requires three basic skills. First, Christ's ambassadors need the basic knowledge necessary for the task. They must know the central message of God's kingdom and something about how to respond to obstacles they'll encounter on their diplomatic mission. Second, their knowledge must be tempered with a wisdom that makes their message clear and persuasive. This requires the tools of a diplomat, not the weapons of a warrior. Third, their characters can make or break their mission. Knowledge and wisdom are packaged in people. If those people do not embody the virtues of the kingdom they serve, they will undermine their message and handicap their efforts (blog.churchsource.com, 10/6/16).