We are citizens of heaven and representatives of the Kingdom of God on the earth. 2 Corinthians 5:17-6:2
What the world today will know about the kingdom of God is what they see demonstrated in our lives. The God you know is the God you show! That’s a big responsibility. But if we accurately represent Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit people will want what we have.
We have been given the word of reconciliation and also the ministry of reconciliation. If you have been reconciled to Christ, then you have the responsibility to become a disciple of Christ and reconcile others to Him—making them disciples of Christ (see Matthew 28:19-20).
What obstacle will an ambassador face?
In the past, foreign ambassadors had 2 or 3 year terms, because if they were to stay too long in a foreign country they would begin to be sympathetic to the nation’s culture and no longer represent their own country properly.
One underground cop demonstrated this compromise when he said, I was a cop disguised as a drug addict, but now I’m a drug addict disguised as a cop. As human beings we can fall into that same trap; but we have hope and help:
…God working with them (Mark 16:16-20).
We should be co-laborers with God, not the enemy. If we are not careful we will get sucked into the world around us. But if we cooperate with the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, then we have increasing power to minister life and reconciliation to the world around us.
What does an ambassador do?
- Represents the King and His Kingdom well. He is to be a reflection of him—if you’ve seen me you’ve seen the king.
- Knows the mind of the king—knows what he likes and what he dislikes.
- Stays in constant communication with the King.
- Keeps his heart set on the kings interests alone.
- He has the authority and trust of the king to speak on his behalf.
- He is ready for recall at a moment’s notice—I could be called home today.
What kind of ambassador are you?
Ambassadors in God’s kingdom must:
- Think like a king.
- Pray like a priest.
“And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10; 1:6).
- Work with the heart of a servant.
[Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men. …He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name (Philippians 2:7-9).
No one can make you a servant; they can make you a slave, but not a servant. We cannot make ourselves kings and priests; but when we make ourselves servants God raises us up and anoints us as kings and priests. Anointed kings think higher thoughts and anointed priests pray higher prayers that get real answers. And servants that are anointed to think like kings and pray like priest will bring a spiritual revival to our churches and another great awakening to the nations.
When God's people are truly revived and renewed spiritually, it results in a new vision for a lost and hurting world and a new commitment to reach out to those who do not know Christ. Evangelism is the fruit of revival.
Billy Graham said, “Evangelism is like one beggar telling another beggar where the bread is.“
Today is the day of salvation and the Lord is not willing that any perish.
As Christians we are all called to be Ambassadors for Christ and every local church is called to be a local expression of Christ to the community. Let’s do our best to make it hard for people to go to hell were we live.
Yours for the next Great Spiritual Awakening and end time harvest of souls!
Dr George Hill
President and founder of VCI