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Ambassadors for Christ…
Many believers in the body of Christ are not sure what their purpose is. Here‘s good news. All believers have been given the same ultimate divine purpose for their own lives which is already ordained by God’s Word.
Whether a believer is a minister, a housewife, a young adult or even a brand-new born again believer, every believer is called as an “Ambassador for Christ“. (2 Cor.5:20). This is powerful to know.
This means that each believer has been divinely ap- pointed by the King (Jesus) to go out & to perfectly “represent” Him & His kingdom while we walk through this world. This is every believer’s ultimate purpose, which is divinely ordained by God’s written Word.
In fact, believers who continually examine themselves in the areas of their own character, attitude & love of Christ towards others and who are pressing towards maturity in them, are already carrying out this ultimate purpose that God has ordained for their lives.
Importantly, all of the other specific plans or pur- poses that God might also add to a believer’s life (like being a mother, a minister, having a certain occupation, etc.) become tremendously enhanced & blessed of God when a believer makes his top priority to demonstrate Christ’s love, character, attitude & His life, towards all others. This is our ultimate purpose, which makes us “Ambassadors for Christ”.
Ministry of Reconciliation…
In the same text in 2 Corinthians, the other aspect of God’s purpose for every believer is identified. Namely, every believer has been given the exact same “ministry” as our Lord Jesus which is the “ministry of reconciliation”. (2 Cor.5:18). Here again, this is every believer’s ultimate “ministry”, which is ordained by God’s written Word. It’s an attitude.
So, each of us as believers must take the exact same attitude that Jesus projected towards all others. This is the specific attitude that God is within us (as He was in Jesus) with the same desire & purpose. That is, to beam forth from us His love, kindness, respect & forgiveness towards all persons, in order to “reconcile” them back to God through the salvation found only in Christ Jesus.
This should be every believer’s daily attitude towards all others. The “ministry of reconciliation” is every believer’s daily “mission” which is bound together with our purpose of being “Ambassadors for Christ”.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21:
“Now all these things are from God; who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, & gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ recon- ciling the world to Himself, not counting their tres- passes against them, & He (God) has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are am- bassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus).