“All this is from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making His appeal through us.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
Are you an ambassador of Christ? If you are born again the Word of God says that you are! If you have been reconciled to God through Christ, He has given you the ministry of reconciliation, you are therefore an ambassador of Christ sent from God. If our testimony is that we are Christians and we testify that Christ lives in our hearts, whether we choose to walk in this ministry or not, the world sees us as representatives of Christ and judges us accordingly. Our challenge is then: how well are we reflecting God’s Heart, Mind, ways, or His walk? Are others seeing Christ in you?
God is challenging us to begin to walk in the truth of His Word—the Word of God that we attest to and claim to believe! This generation—both young and old—is now presented with a world that is in dire need of the Truth and Light that is hidden in many Christian hearts. Multitudes in the world are in desperate need of Good News. The world is thirsting for Living Water! This Treasure has been placed within you, for them—will you give it?
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Are you living as an Ambassador of Christ?
Every day in our daily lives we can be faced with circumstances that press us on every side; situations that crush us, events that devastate us, and of course family and people who perplex or frustrate us. In these situations, we have the choice to represent Christ in obedience to his Word, or to react in the ways of the world. The way we walk through life’s challenges is particularly important to God. Every situation comes with the opportunity and challenge to reflect or present Christ to others.
Christians can easily fall into the ways of the world and react to situations in carnal ways—in anger, in judgment, in criticism, in fear and panic, and in unforgiveness. Whether knowingly or unknowingly the spirit of anti-Christ is released—a spirit that is in opposition to the ways of Christ, that magnifies the situation in a negative way. The situation is therefore bound up in sin, and God is bound by His own Word from coming to our rescue! Our level of faith is revealed in the heat of the test, and proven by our actions whether we really trust in the faithfulness of God.
There was no shadow of darkness between Jesus and the Father. Jesus lived a life of total obedience and walked in the favor of God under an opened Heaven. Many Christians are confused or perplexed when they do not see the promises of God realized in their lives; yet many either do not know the Word of God or choose to treat it lightly. The Lord said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” God is very serious about His Word. If He says do not judge—He means it. If He says that in the same measure that we judge others it will be measured right back to us—He means it! If He says to forgive seventy times seven and not to allow bitterness to take root in our hearts because gives Satan a place in our lives—He means it! And when He says that just as we have received mercy, we are to give mercy to others—He means that also!
“He Has shown you , O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
The answer to any predicament we may ever find ourselves in is quite simply obedience. If we truly repent of our old sinful ways and humble ourselves before God, and if we choose to embrace the Cross and begin to live a life of obedience to our God, despite the costs, the fragrance of Christ will be released through our lives.
We will begin to walk under an open heaven in favor with God and with man, and we will see the answers to all our prayers realized. The Holy Spirit will be loosed to lead us into our destiny and the inheritance won for us at the Cross. If our prayers are not yet answered due to the Lord’s timing, He will give us His strength to be able to maintain our joy in faith, hope, and expectation of His faithfulness.
When our lives are aligned to the Plumb line of Christ, the world will be drawn to the Light of Christ radiating through us. The fragrance of Christ permeating our lives will attract the lost and the lonely. The world is groaning in expectation of the revelation of such Christians; Christians who have the Heart of Christ and are fragrant with the perfumes of Heaven. The Bible calls these ambassadors of Christ the sons of God:
“For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God…The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.” Roman 8:14-19
“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives the one who sent Me.” Matthew 10:40
The word ‘sent’ in this scripture is the Greek word apostello which means to be ‘set apart’ and to be ‘sent out.’ I believe that if the magnitude of the revelation imparted in these words of Christ, were fully apprehended and taken hold of, the world would not be in the crisis that it now finds itself in—threats of nuclear war, terrorists invading the earth like a dark cloud, abortion, drug and substance abuse, violent crimes against children and women; witchcraft and the occult permeating the media, children’s books and TV programs; an escalation of sickness and disease; anxiety, hopelessness and suicide, all very prevalent in the world in which we now live.
Where is Jesus when the world needs Him so desperately? Where can we find Him? Is He hiding Himself, or is He sleeping in the boat while the storms around us rage? Where is Jesus? Jesus is presently imprisoned within the hearts of His people and patiently waiting to be released by faith to do that which He was sent to do, “destroy the works of darkness” (1Jn.3:8). If we claim to be sons of God, ambassadors of Christ, the King Himself whom we represent lives within us, and goes wherever we go. We are therefore Christ sent! We carry the King in our hearts, we carry His mission, and we carry His destiny within us. We are carriers of His Glory! Wherever we go, the King and His Kingdom goes with us.
Jesus lives in us, but He is bound from participation in the affairs of man by our complacency, our fear, our unbelief and by old doctrines that deny that the power of God is for today. 2 Timothy 3:5 speaks of those who have a form of godliness but deny the power. The word ‘power’ is the Greek word dunamis which means miraculous power. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:7 that this treasure has been placed in us earthen vessels, “to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” In these scriptures the power Paul speaks of is Divine, supernatural, dunamis, miraculous power.
In the book of Acts the Holy Spirit came in dunamis power with demonstrations of signs, wonders and miracles, more than once! On the Day of Pentecost Peter said that the promise of the Holy Ghost was for “…you and your children and for all who are afar off—for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39).
Dunamis power is supernatural power that is released from the very Life of God. Within His Life no impossibilities exist. Within the Life of Christ, the possibility exists to walk on water and to raise the dead as the laws of nature are all subject to Him.
The God that we love and serve is a supernatural God whose attributes are all supernatural. From His love, mercy and compassion, healing is released, lives are brought into order, the heavens are opened, and miraculous blessings are poured out. Jesus said that we would do even greater works than He did! From His justice, vengeance and wrath, power that can change the weather and the atmosphere is released. Great dynamos of power will be released, that will shake the earth from its rotten foundations.
Jesus instructed His disciples to drive out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead (Matt:10:8), he said that these were the signs that would follow those who believe (mark:16:17). “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12
Christ was manifested to destroy evil and so are we. When Jesus invaded the earth, it was a declaration of war with the kingdom of darkness. When we are positioned in Christ, in the victory that He won at the Cross, we have all His authority over evil. Jesus said that all authority was given to Him, “Go therefore.” We have been released to go in His name, to enforce the Kingdom of God to be more than conquerors for His glory. He has given us authority to set the captives free and to open the prison doors to those who are bound.
God is our source for all things: God is the Fountain of Living Water; He is our Jehovah-Jireh—our provider. Any source we look to as our provision outside of Christ is an Idol in our hearts. We are first and foremost lovers of God. Everything begins with a secret relationship with God. When we spend much time with Him, we begin to be changed in His presence. We develop the mind of Christ; we are secured in His love, and we are confident in His embrace.
In the bridal embrace, we hear his heartbeat for the lost, and can begin to fathom the depths of His love for humanity. We become laid down lovers, laying down our lives as He has done. We become the body He has prepared for His Glory.
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for Me…”
“…Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come
To do your will, O God.” Hebrews 10:2-7