Imagine you’re on a ship, sailing to a distant land, destined towards an important mission. You have been entrusted to be a foreign ambassador for your king. You will be going into alien lands and will be the eyes, ears, and mouth for your king regarding all his world-wide affairs. Since telephones and internet has yet to be invented, all correspondence is through handwritten or verbal messages via messengers. As the ambassador, the king trusts you. Since he cannot personally be present, the king believes you will honorably carryout his needs in his name.
THE AMBASSADOR’S ROLE
In today’s society, we really don’t see the critical nature of the ambassadors’ role, especially when we have computer and telephone access to contact any country. The truth is, the internet is not that old. The World Wide Web was created in 1990 and even the telephone was not created until 1876. Before that, letters had to be mailed, which meant that information traveled very slowly. This included intelligence that was critical in making decisions. Sometimes, it would take months for communication to make it from point A to B. Being an ambassador was a vital and necessary assignment.
The media throws the terms diplomat and ambassador around like common jargon; and the value and importance of that position is diminished by our limited understanding of it. The position of ambassador was set-aside as one of the highest positions of importance. It is a noble and honorable station to be selected for. It is even more concerning that our understanding of this position is so limited because we too are called to be ambassadors for our King!
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. – 2nd Corinthians 5:20
Anyone who is a Christian is called to be an ambassador for Jesus. We are His representatives to all nations. We carry His message of love and truth to all men. We serve Him when we are faithful to His cause. You have been given a message that is life-saving and critical for all countries in all the world to hear. How we choose to live our lives will determine our effectiveness in this role. We must be set apart, we must be close to His heart, we must be ready to go with confidence to carry the message that He has given!
You and I are Royal Ambassadors for a Royal King. We have been given the honorable task of being His voice and His heart: His personal representative, to share His message with all the people of the world while He is not physically present in the same sense that we are currently able to be. It is vital that we fulfill our calling as Christ’s ambassadors so that others may to know Him as we have first been given the chance to know Him as our personal Lord and Savior.