If you are a Christian, then you are by definition an ambassador. God has entrusted you with a message of reconciliation. It’s called the gospel.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor 5:20)
God didn’t make you an ambassador because he thought you were really smart. He didn’t make you an ambassador because he thought you were good at public speaking. To the contrary, “we have this treasure jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Cor 4:7).
Part of me really doesn’t like being a jar of clay. I don’t like being frail, fearful, and forgetful. But another part of me loves it. I love it because it means I get to experience the power of God in my weakness every day of my life. I get the help I need. God gets the glory he deserves. That’s a pretty good summary of the Christian life, including our role as ambassadors of the gospel.
I want to be a more faithful ambassador of the gospel this year. And no, I’m not primarily thinking of my role as a preacher. I’m thinking of my relationships with folks in our neighborhood who don’t know Jesus. I count several of them among my personal friends. When God provides an opportunity for me to share the gospel with them, I want to be ready. I’ll always feel weak because I am weak. But weakness is no excuse for being unprepared, which is why I was excited to come across ViewTheStory.com. It’s a free resource you can use to share the gospel on the web or with your iPhone or android device. Check out their video intro.
One of our church members, Damian Cruchigno, noticed that Crossway Community Church in Charlotte had a link to the story on their homepage and suggested we do the same. I loved the idea. Now every visitor to our website has ready access to a clear, simple presentation of the gospel in a variety of languages, including Spanish.
Take a few minutes over the holiday to view the story. It will edify your own soul and make you a better ambassador. We have good news to share!