As I read through various news sources, there is so much happening around the world today. So many people are hurting and are consumed with themselves and their personal desires. So much confusion and unrest. We witness much injustice and inequity, especially upon the innocent and those that have few, if any resources to defend themselves. Self-hatred is prevalent and is manifested in so many ways. Anxiety and fear seem to be increasing at alarming rates. Violent acts and vengeance-fueled behaviors are unfortunately common place now days. Volatility in the global financial sector has added to the stresses of life as well.
My heart aches because it all seems so overwhelming at times. If we as God’s people are not careful, we can easily embrace a dismal outlook, because of the state of this world. We should be touched by what is going on in our communities and in our world, because God is touched by what is happening in the world today, but we must remember - this world is not our eternal home.
I take comfort in knowing that as I travel through this life, Heaven holds my true citizenship. As long as I maintain my walk with the Savior by obeying His word, He has promised to prepare a place for me in Heaven. It is truly a blessing to know that while being in this world, we are not of this world with all the wickedness and ungodliness that is swirling around us today. We live and rejoice in the promise of our home and life eternal with our Savior and all the saved!
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
An accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country. (Google)
The highest-ranking person who represents his or her own government while living in another country. (Merriam-Webster)
An official envoy; especially: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment. (Merriam-Webster)
As ambassadors we represent Christ, and we represent Heaven. What a status and responsibility we have as saints! Just as a city which is set upon a hill cannot be hid, so we in this dark world must shine the light of salvation through our lives. Often, we unknowingly offer hope to those we do not know as well as those who persecute us, by the way we conduct ourselves. “O what grace and high promotion, That in Jesus I should be/ Raised from sin to royal honor, Even reigning, Lord, with thee!” wrote D.S. Warner. Just as the definition states: “an ambassador is the highest ranking person who represents his/her own government while living in another country,” we have the highest ranking when we have Christ; there is no other name by which mankind can be delivered from sin! There is power in the name and blood of Jesus Christ.
With steadfastness and determination we stand for Christ and Truth. We continually pray for a lost and dying world which includes our loved ones, our leaders, and our government. We pray for mercy, wisdom, compassion, healing, protection and so much more. We pray because we realize that our assignment here is temporary; there is not much time left. The enemy of our souls is also aware that there is but a short time left, and he is captivating and deceiving as many as he can. He has love for no one!
Let us hold our heads up high, and keep the fire and zeal in our hearts! Let us pray for an even greater desire to represent our Lord and Savior! A greater desire to be effective right where the Lord has placed us! There is work to be done, and we have been designated, right here, right now, to represent our Lord and Heaven! Amen!