Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekend Worship—The Post of Ambassador

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.

So let me ask you this, how has God surprised you with the way He’s used your writing. This isn’t a time to be shy. It’s not bragging to share what God has done, at least it’s not bragging on ourselves. So let’s take a minute to brag on God.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, has God surprised me! I've always wanted to write, but could never find the time. Between ministry (I am a Pastor's wife), raising my own five kids, fostering hundreds of others, and now adopting three, I decided it was never to be.

    But lo and behold, at the age of 52, I am a soon-to-be published author. My book, "For Sanity's Sake: 365 Days of Devotions for the Menopausal Woman," will be out in October. I have almost completed my second book on contentment through worship, and my third and fourth will be on adoption (and fostering), and homeschooling. I only tell you this because there is no way I could have written these books thirty, twenty, or even ten years ago, my experience was lacking.

    God knew what He was doing, even when I didn't have a clue!

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  2. My writing started in the Army when I was drafted to work in the PIO(Public Information Office) office in my unit as a Photo/Journalist (In spite of being a high school drop out) My photo skills got me the job, Later as trucker I put scripture on my truck and my wife told me I was wasting my time and money. Then when my truck broke down in Arkansas and she was with me she said, "Everybody in this place reads what you put on your truck." I asked her how she knew that. She said, "Everybody bends over to read it." The hood was open. Long ago I learned, our job is to put out there what God moves us to do. He will arrange for the one it is meant for,to see it.

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