Not Home Yet: Take Me to Your Leader

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21)

One of the jobs of the U.S. President that gets talked about a lot is appointing the U.S. ambassadors to all of the other nations.

nothome_350Those who accept the job are sent to live in that country as an official representative of the United States. I waited a long time for my appointment to serve as ambassador to Fiji. The call never came.

But according to God’s Word, I am already living in a foreign country as an ambassador. My real home—my real life, even—is in eternity with God forever. Between now and the day I cross the welcome mat there, I live here as a foreigner with a message from my King back home: “Be reconciled to God. He made his perfect Son to be the sin of the whole world just so he could die and pay for yours and you could be made righteous like him.”

Think: How often do you think of yourself as a representative of God to the people who call this broken world their home? When you do think of yourself that way, does it change the way you act toward or talk to or think about people?

Pray: You are an ambassador of Christ on this planet. Ask God to help you to be a good one.

Do: Ask all of your Christian friends and your family members to call you “Mr. Ambassador” (or “Madame Ambassador,” if appropriate). That will remind you of your key role in representing Christ on earth, and it will remind them that you’re just a little strange. Everybody wins.