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 (NIV)
Here Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthian church to see him and his team as Ambassadors of Christ through whom Christ makes His call to the church (and ultimately the people at large) for reconciliation with Him.
An ambassador is a person who diplomatically represents their country in a foreign country. The ambassador appeals to people in the foreign state to establish relations with his country, including investing in his country. In this case, the ambassador is expected to effectively market his country as a safe and best place to dwell and conduct business from.
Ambassadors are expected to speak and act like their President so much so that whoever listens to them speak hears the voice of the President. The ambassador isn’t expected to speak/act according to his own personal will or else they are recalled back home.
Paul called on the people to get reconciled to God, as though people had originally lost their rights of citizenship in Christ’s wonderful Kingdom, losing all the wonderful benefits attached to it and wandering hopelessly in a foreign land and now after the price has been paid, an invitation is then made to everyone to make their way back to their great country as citizens again!
Think about the people around you who have never heard the good news about the salvation found in Jesus Christ. Remember the work awaits you; those people need you to reach out and announce the good news to them like Paul did!
You are seized to be an Ambassador of Christ!
This is the first in the “Seized to Be An Ambassador of Christ” series of blog posts and is a special submission from Zhingisa Luneta from Christian Empowerment Microfinance (CEMFIN), our partner in Zambia.