So the New Year euphoria is dwindling and now it’s time to begin focusing on our commitments for this year. Did you know that we have already been assigned the most important task ever? As Christians, we have been tasked with being ambassadors for Jesus!
While doing research for this post, I was deciding which adjective to use in describing an ambassador for Jesus. I had narrowed down to just two but when I looked at the meanings of “effective”, it I knew that this was the one!
Effective: 1. capable to accomplish a purpose 2. actually in operation 3. producing a deep or vivid impression 4. prepared and available for service.
When I first started writing this blog, I never thought of it as a ministry and definitely did not think of myself as an ambassador. I had a burning passion to share how God rescued me from a path of destruction and desperation transforming my life.
I began involving myself with other bloggers to see what I could learn. Reading their posts impacted me tremendously. I want to become a better writer to help and encourage others. I want to make an impact in others’ lives too. It is no longer just about me and my story. It is all about GLORIFYING GOD!
So we are Christ’s ambassadors. God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, come back to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20.
Wow! Just think about that for a minute…we SPEAK for CHRIST. I am humbled and thankful that God gave me the desire to write about my love for Him. I wrote a post 3 months ago discussing How to have peace as a Christian blogger. I was surprised at the number of Christian bloggers that had also felt discouragement or questioned their purpose at times blogging about their faith.
So this post is my heartfelt reminder to help both myself and other Christians be the Ambassador for Christ that He desires. In the Bible dictionary, an Ambassador is defined as a representative of a King. Christ is our eternal King and we have a tremendous responsibility and privilege to represent Him each day.
I want to share with you 5 things that we can do that will help us in being effective ambassadors for Christ.
Surrender to God’s Will
I accepted Christ as my Savior as a very young child in my bedroom of our beautiful old house in Iowa overlooking mom’s vegetable garden and an orchard of walnut trees. However, it was not until just a few years ago that I realized I needed to seek God’s will for my life. So how can we know God’s will? How can we have certainty that we are fulfilling everything that God intended?
Study God’s word Daily
Notice I said “study” instead of just reading God’s word? I had read the Bible for many years growing up and I even knew most of the books of the Bible in order. However, God’s word was not imprinted on my heart. When we study His word, we look up things we do not understand, memorize verses that can help us in times of crisis, and we seek to know what God is saying to us from His word.
Step up our Prayer Life
I was confused for many years by the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The apostle Paul insists that we should pray without ceasing. Pray without ceasing…do my eyes need to be closed all the time? It did not make sense to me. I now understand that God wants us to have a constant attitude of prayer. Prayer builds our relationship with God as we humbly call out to Him. Here are some of the prayers I want to pray each day.
- Prayers of thanks and awe as we awaken to see a new sunrise in the morning. (Psalm 19:1)
- Prayers of repentance as we seek to be more like Him each day.(1 John 1:9)
- Prayers for wisdom and grace for whatever we may encounter each day.(James 1:5)
- Prayers of praise for all He has done and the sacrifices He made for us.(John. 3:16)
When we spend time studying God’s word and consistently have an attitude of prayer; the fruit of the Spirit reveals itself in our lives as we represent the King of kings. This leads me to the fourth way we can be an effective ambassador for Christ.
Seek ways to Help Others
I must admit that for many years I struggled with selfishness. As a baby, I probably said the word “mine!” before saying mommy or daddy much to the chagrin of my parents! It is a struggle at times but as representatives of Jesus we need to put others first. We should ask God to show us how we can be a blessing. It may be a financial blessing, words of encouragement, someone who needs prayer, or giving of your time to help.
So then, while we have the opportunity let us do good to all people, and especially to those that are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
Share our Story of Faith
Whatever the current situation, God is not surprised at all by our current circumstances. He has us right here at this point in history to glorify Him! Just like snowflakes and fingerprints, every Christian is unique. Even though we may or may not have similar experiences, only you can share the story of your faith.
As Ambassadors for Christ; we must share the truth of God’s unchanging and unconditional love. Share how He continues to work in our lives transforming us. Share about the blessings He showers us with every day!
In closing, I want us to always remember we are chosen by the King to represent Him. With Christ living in us we are more than capable to accomplish His purpose, producing a vivid impression of who He is, and available to serve Him willingly. Let’s live each day effectively for Jesus my fellow Ambassadors!
To God be the glory,