|Today’s Scripture: 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. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21|
|What is an ambassador? According to Merriam-Webster, an ambassador is “an official envoy; especially: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.”
Paul aptly used this term to describe our position on this earth. God has called us to be ambassadors for Christ. Just like any other ambassador, we are here on a temporary basis to be a representative of His will to this lost and dying world. We are here for a reason – to share His message.
But what is this message that we are to share with the world? Paul tells us that our message is, “Be ye reconciled to God.” He tells us that since Christ isn’t on Earth anymore, God is beseeching the world through us. “Beseech” means to beg urgently or plead, and “reconcile” means to bring back together in harmony or made right again. We are to plead with people that they would be made right with God.
However, our sins separate from God; nothing we could do could reconcile us back to His perfection. That is why God sent His Son. Jesus came and took our sins upon Him and paid the price on the cross and offered His righteousness to whosoever will accept His payment. We can be reconciled because of what He did for us.
Have you shared this message with anyone lately? If someone asked your neighbors, would they know that you are an ambassador for God? Take the time to “beseech” someone to “be reconciled to God” today!
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.