Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
I’m constantly amazed at how God chooses to use me in the work He’s doing in this world. It’s humbling and terrifying at the same time.
I’ve been looking at this verse, trying to wrap my mind around what being an ambassador for Christ looks like when it’s lived out. I think this verse is particularly applicable to those of us who write from Christian world view. As I studied the parallels between the role of ambassadors here and our role as believers, I was struck by the lessons hidden there.
- The first thing that struck me was the fact that, here in the physical world, those who are ambassadors don’t live in their own countries. They are strangers in a strange land. That’s also true of believers. This world is our temporary home, even though our time here can sometimes seems endless.
- Next, I realized that ambassadors are appointed, not elected. They haven’t campaigned for their position, it’s a gift of responsibility. We are also appointed, chosen by God and elevated to the position of spiritual ambassador. It’s not because we’re better than anyone else, it’s simply a gift of grace.
- Finally, earthly ambassadors don’t get to choose their country of service. That too is the choice of the one they serve. As believers, we have each been chosen to serve where God places us.
As a writer, I’ve often chaffed at this restriction. I wanted to do big things for God. I had a definite opinion about where and how I wanted to live out my dream.
Thank goodness God had other plans.
It turns out, when I look back, His plans were much better. They went farther and deeper than I ever imagined. For some reason, we writers tend to think too small. And we assume that if God doesn’t do things our way, the outcome will be just a shadow of what we want. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.