We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us (II Corinthians 5:20-21 NIV).
Our pastor recently preached on this passage. I usually associate this verse with foreign missions, but as I listened, I was impressed with a new thought.
He mentioned that the word “ambassador” means having a mission or assignment to carry out. This verse does not say that Christ’s ambassadors are only the healthy, the strong, the mobile, or the mentally alert. It says that we – all believers – are on this mission for God.
Many days I may feel I don’t have any “assignment”– I may not be able to physically “do” anything from my perspective. I then thought about ambassadors to other countries. I’m sure there are times when every day is not packed with activity, yet they still remain as a constant presence, ready and prepared to represent their country.
I can do the same. There may be long periods where I feel there is no “mission” I am capable of carrying out for God, yet His Word says otherwise. We are God’s only vessels on this earth. He has chosen us as well as the healthy and strong to represent him. If nothing else, our continued perseverance and faith is an assignment which may have significant effects in someone else’s life.
Our pastor also reminded us that an ambassador’s home is not where he is serving. He is living their temporarily until his mission is accomplished. I am actually doing that now on earth, and some days I am ready for my assignment to be ended because I just want to go home. But the Lord knows what only I can do for him, and until that is finished, He will keep me here. One glorious day, I will be able to say, “mission accomplished”. May I also hear the Lord say, “well done thou good and faithful servant”.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that you choose not only the whole and healthy but the weak and infirm as your vessels, for when we are weak, then you are strong. May we look on every day as an opportunity to represent you and do it well. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bronlynn Spindler is a wife and mother of three grown daughters and lives in Fredericksburg, VA. God’s grace and strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.