Ambassadors represent who they belong to and promote. They stand for the values by making them known.
Think of a clothing or product ambassador. They believe in what they advertise. If they’re genuine, they’ve personally been impacted by the brand.
They love it. They live by it. They tell others about it.
If you’re a follower of Jesus–a daughter of the King–you represent God’s kingdom.
You’re an ambassador for the Gospel.
If we can’t help but tell others about our favorite clothes or book or hobby, how much more should we share about Jesus with others?
our hearts are evidence
We’ve been changed. We don’t just have our life saved and flipped on its head and stay silent! We are living proof of the miraculous change from a spiritually dead girl to one whose heart of stone has been replaced with a heart of flesh that desires to love and obey God (Ephesians 2:4-7; Ezekiel 36:26-27).
Right now I’m reading Jacquelle Crowe’s (now Ferris’) book This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years. (I cannot recommend this book enough. You can count on a review for this gem in the near future!) In her chapter on spiritual disciplines, Jacquelle talks about our duty and privilege to evangelize (aka: share the Gospel of Jesus Christ).
I love how she explains the significance of this mission each of us has to be Christ’s representatives:
We’re called to be “ambassadors” for the gospel, because the primary way God saves people is through the witness and testimony of Christians. (pg 93)
When our life is completely changed, others pay attention. When we talk about our past or the path we would have gone down without Jesus, people pause and wonder what happened. When we choose to honor the Lord instead of doing what’s popular or acceptable, our peers look. Even if they think we’re just plain weird, exclude us, or even bully us for it, they still notice.
This is the beauty of the Gospel.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The new has come.
How did it come?
Through Jesus. Not because we wanted to be religious. Not because our parents took us to church all our lives. Not because we tried hard enough to earn God’s favor. (Hint: we can’t.)
We became daughters of the King by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.
And that’s why it’s VITAL that we share the why.
Others see the result, and we share the cause.
we’re all called to ministry
Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is? Why you’re here? What you’re supposed to do with your life? I have. I’m in my early twenties, and guess what–I’m still figuring out the specifics. You might be wondering what school you should go to or what career you should pursue, if you should be involved in a secular job or go into ministry.
But here’s the thing. We all have one ultimate purpose and goal in life: to be ambassadors. Whether or not we’re called to ministry vocationally, we’re all called to be in ministry no matter where God places us.
Check out the context from the verse I shared earlier:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.2 Corinthians 5:17-21
As daughters of the King, we are in the ministry of reconciliation. Other words for reconciliation are reunion, resolution, or restoration of harmony.
The Gospel restores. We’ve experienced it for ourselves. God created humans for perfect relationship with Him. But the first humans rebelled, and we experience the sin-broken world today as a result of our sin that separates us from the Lord. That’s why God sent Jesus, His only Son, to live a perfect (sinless) life, and to die the death and punishment we deserve to pay for our sins. His resurrection gives the final victory over sin, so that anyone who believes in Jesus–in the Gospel–will be free from God’s just wrath and instead become a child of God. (John 3:16; Romans 10:9; Galatians 4:4-5; 1 John 4:9-10) See the Good News page to learn more about the Gospel.
Isn’t that incredible?! The story of God cleaning up our mess for us is the only one that will bring restoration.
In the next couple months, I want to dig into effective ways on how to share the Gospel. It can feel daunting, but there are practical, biblical tools to help us get past the nervousness and hard-to-answer questions.
But remember: there is nothing like a changed heart. Your story is part of God’s story. He has uniquely transformed you.
You are a daughter of the King. You are His ambassador.
Let’s represent Him well!
I’d love to hear from you!
- What’s your story? Have you ever shared your faith in Jesus Christ with a nonbelieving friend?
- Does the thought of being Christ’s ambassador or representative daunt you or excite you (or both)? Why?
- What’s one verse that helps you to boldly and genuinely share the Gospel, even when you’re nervous?
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