On Sunday we discussed the selection of the twelve disciples to be ambassadors of Christ. Ambassadors are those who have been chosen, given authority, and set out with a message. As believers in Jesus Christ we are also chosen ambassadors who are sent out to proclaim at message. We may not have exactly the same role as the first apostles did and we definitely don't have all of the authority that the apostles were given, we still have a purpose and a message to declare to the world. In 2 Corinthians 5 the apostle Paul reminds us that our primary responsibility as ambassadors is the ministry of reconciliation. We are sent out to declare the grace of God and the work of Jesus Christ in restoring the relationship between God and humanity through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. This is our full time responsibility, everything else is secondary and should be supportive of this in our lives. That is often where the tension exists for us. Our stewardship of our resources often times is used to ensure our own desires. I know that this tension exists for me as well. My jobs are looked at as a means of provision instead of a place to be an ambassador for Christ. This is usually because I begin to trust in my own provision for my family's "needs" as opposed to resting in God's provision for our real needs.
How do I avoid going down that road? How can I be more attentive to the opportunities to be an ambassador instead of being caught up in the worldliness around me? The answer from yesterday was Jesus' invitation to be immersed in Him. Earlier in this series it was proximity that promoted a stronger reflection of Jesus in our lives. Observing Christ so much and learning from His instruction and His example will provide an opportunity for our minds to "think" Jesus first in our everyday interactions.
Where do I start, you might ask. Like anything worth doing it takes some discipline in life, but the hardest part is starting. Start small, don't try bench pressing 250lbs your first go at it. Open the Bible everyday. Just re-read the passage we discussed on Sunday. Review your notes from the service. Listen to a message online, Godly men like John Macarthur, John Piper, and Larry Osborne have plenty of Christ centered messages online. Use the fertilizer from the sermon notes on Sunday. No matter the method the key is to start. If you are not immersing yourself in Jesus you will find that the fruit that you bear will look more like what you are immersed in and less like Christ. Let's endeavor to maximize our role as Christ's ambassadors everyday that we live.