“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself (v. 19), and Christ is in believers continuing this work of reconciliation. Consider the following thoughts and suggestions which grow out of this subject and text:
1. THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST COMFORTS US
Once we receive Christ and confess Him as our Savior and Lord, we are then ready to enter into His service of reconciling others to the Father through Christ. In this matter of being His ambassadors, it is a comfort to know that Christ will go with us. “Lo, I am with you always…” (Matthew 28:20b).
2. THE PURPOSE OF CHRIST CONSTRAINS US
His purpose is to save the lost people of the earth. If we love Him we will truly have the same desire. His love and purpose constrain us. “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead” (2 Corinthians 5:14).
3. THE PROGRAM OF CHRIST CHALLENGES US
The program of Christ extends to the full salvation of all the people of all the nations of the earth. God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). The Great Commission is the largest task known to man. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). It is great enough for even the most ambitious among us. What a privilege to be His witnesses!
4. THE PERSON OF CHRIST COMPELS US
He stands by our side. He looks on when we do His will. He inspires us to do our best. When we understand that, we feel compelled to do our best for Him. “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted [well-pleasing] of him” (2 Corinthians 5:9).
5. THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPLETES US
Without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5). It is in His strength that we can do all things. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). His power is available to us (Acts 1:8). Let’s make use of it!
ARE YOU AN AMBASSADOR OF JESUS CHRIST? There could be no higher calling or privilege!