Before we came to be known by Jesus Christ, we were people considered by God “naked, poor, wretched, miserable, and blind.” (See Rev 3:17). Who me? Yes you! And me!
As human beings, it is easy for us to have a high estimation of ourselves apart from God, but who are we comparing ourselves to?
What would happen if all of our lives, even the secret parts, were laid bare for the world to see? Would everything be as noble and pure as we made them out to be? We would see that we desperately need a Savior.
When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, we become new creations. All of the old things have passed away. We are no longer called beggars, but saints of God. Most Christians know this truth. But even beyond that, we are called to something much higher than many of us realize.
We are called to be ambassadors!
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Cor 5:17-20)
We went from being the lowest of the low to being called to speak for God! Who is sufficient for such things?…speaking on God’s behalf!
But what does he want us to say? What does He want us to emphasize?
His message is one of reconciliation, one of people moving from being an enemy of God to peace with Him because Jesus, the Son, paid the price for us to be free. If you are a Christian, someone took the time to plead with you…to pray and then act. Now God is seeking to plead through you to the people around you. He literally begs through us.
‘See what has been done for you! See the price that has been paid for you! You will only find true life when you lose your old life and find life that Christ purchased for you. An abundant life free from the penalties of disobeying God, a life full of peace and satisfaction despite your circumstances, and the freedom to be who your Creator truly created you to be.’
We, the former beggars, have now been called to represent this message.
- To go to people as ambassadors and implore for them to be reconciled to God on Christ’s behalf.
- To not be ashamed of this message, but to speak as though we know we have been called to represent greatest of all kingdoms and governments.
- To live of life of worthy of nobility and honor.
- To realize that our calling is higher than any of us could fathom.
Nothing in our old way of life can compare to this calling. Nothing we left behind is worth going back to.
Will we take up the challenge and go from being beggars to ambassadors, to live the “missional life?” Will we live our life “on mission with God?”