II CORINTHIANS 5:19-21: “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” NLT
OBSERVATION: What is our greatest call? What is our purpose in life? Do our dreams and ambitions reflect or deflect from this calling? Am I living my life to the full potential of the title and responsibility I have been given?
I have always enjoyed imagining what it would have been like to walk with Jesus while He was on this earth. Imagine the privilege that the disciples had in being with Jesus 24/7. Each day they were able to listen to His teaching, observe His relationship with the Father, and see His love in action as He touched the lives of multitudes.
And, then He was gone!
- “After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.” Acts of the Apostles 1:9 NLT
It was like a movie that ended too soon. They still had questions. When would the Kingdom come? When would the end of this age take place? What were they to do next? Jesus told them to stay in Jerusalem until they had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. They were not to begin anything until they were filled, anointed, and commissioned.
They huddled in the upper room for days, waiting, praying, wondering. What did this all mean? What would happen? What would their future be? Even up to this point they did not fully understand the impact of all the events that had taken place. They were about to be transformed from mere disciples to God’s Ambassadors!
Jesus’ mission had only just begun. He had promised the disciples,
- “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” John 14:12-13 NLT
How could this be possible? How could broken down, sinful men and women, do greater works than Jesus? How could Peter, who denied Jesus three times in His hour of need, become an ambassador for the risen Christ? It could all happen because of the “Great Exchange!”
- “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
I don’t think we understand the magnitude of this event. Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, emptied and humbled Himself and willingly took upon Himself the sin, guilt, and punishment of all mankind – past, present, and future. Jesus took upon Himself the wrath of God against sin so that we could be clothed in His righteousness. It was only because of this “Great Exchange” that we can be filled with the Holy Spirit and receive our new calling – to be an Ambassador of the King!
An ambassador is someone who represents the full authority of a country or entity. As God’s redeemed children we have been given the awesome privilege and responsibility of representing Jesus Christ to a hurting and dying world. Jesus’ ministry continues through us. The Father has given us the same provision that He gave the Son before He began His ministry – the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We have been cleansed, clothed, and commissioned.
Our greatest calling is to be an Ambassador of Jesus Christ!
- “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
How does God reach the world with His call of reconciliation? He already sent His Son. Jesus already died on the cross to bear the penalty of our sin. Jesus already rose, defeating death, and ascended into heaven. We can stand, gazing into heaven, wondering when He will come back. Or, we can hear His call, receive His provision, and fulfill our assignment as Ambassadors of the King.
This is our greatest call!
There is no greater call or purpose for our lives or the life of the church. Jesus emphasized this calling before He ascended into heaven. He was laser-focused when He shared the reason He was pouring out the Holy Spirit upon the church.
- “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT
There is a diplomatic crisis in the world. It is called sin. Jesus defeated sin and death and He has called us to share this good news with the world. We are His Ambassadors. If we don’t do it no one will. We are chosen, called, and commissioned. It is time we begin to live in the reality of this calling every moment of our life.
Lord, open my eyes to the wonder of Your calling. Fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit and let my life be a fulfillment of Your call.
- “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us (me). We (I) speak for Christ when we (I) plead, “Come back to God!”
In Jesus Name!