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. - 2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB
In his second letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul pointedly referred to Christians as "ambassadors for Christ." If you are like me, I always thought that was an odd description, one that is worthy of further study.
To begin with, we have to analyze what an ambassador is. The Oxford dictionary gives two definitions for ambassador. First, an ambassador is "an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country." Second, an ambassador is "a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity."
How does that apply to Christians? I am glad you asked. In His prayer leading up to His arrest, Jesus prayed for those who would believe and follow Him. He referred to Christians as "not of the world" (cf. John 17:16). What was He talking about, Christians are still in the world? Exactly! Christians are called to be in the world, not of the world. Essentially Christians are to live in the world to bear witness for Christ, while not conforming to the ways of the world. From an eternal perspective, Christian's homes are in heaven. So, we are temporarily staged in the world until we get to our permanent home in heaven.
Now, applying that to the term ambassador, we can easily see that the phrasing the apostle Paul used was perfect to describe Christians. As an ambassador for Christ, we are living in a foreign land (the world), representing our home land (heaven), for the purpose of promoting the Gospel. Christians are in fact ambassadors for Christ.
It is our prayer at Outspoken Faith Designs that you are inspired in your faith, and encouraged to be an ambassador for the Gospel. We seek to encourage you in this journey, and provide quality merchandise to equip you along the way. Here are a few examples.