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Called to be an Ambassador

By the grace of God, I am a Christian. As a Christian, I have been appointed by Christ to represent Him and His Kingdom — an ambassador (see 2 Corinthians 5:20). An ambassador represents the values, priorities and policies of his home country while in the country where he has been stationed.

Christ currently has stationed me in the United States, one of the many kingdoms of this world. I have a commission to fulfill while stationed here — represent accurately, to citizens of the United States, the values, priorities and policies of Christ's Kingdom.

If you are a Christian, you also are appointed by Christ to be an ambassador for His Kingdom. You are appointed to be His ambassador in the worldly kingdom in which He has stationed you. You have a commission to fulfill while stationed there — represent accurately, to citizens of the country where you are stationed, the values, priorities and policies of Christ's Kingdom.

Every person that you and I meet gives their ultimate loyalties to a kingdom: either they give their ultimate loyalties to one of the kingdoms of this world (e.g. "I will kill another person only if the president of the kingdom in which I reside commands me to do so in national defense."), or else they are ultimately loyal to Christ's Kingdom (e.g. "My 'President' teaches me to always love instead of kill. I will never disobey Christ in order to obey any other president."). As ambassadors for Christ, we must always give our ultimate loyalties to Christ and His Kingdom, and call others to the same.

Christ lived and taught sacrificial love, even for His worst enemies; He lived and taught radical separation from the system and government of all earthly kingdoms; He lived and taught the beautiful and completely radical concepts contained in the Sermon on the Mount (go read Matthew 5, 6 and 7 again!). It is absolutely imperative that we also live and teach these things if we would retain our ambassadorship and, ultimately, our citizenship.

We must deny the urge to represent the Kingdom of Christ as an easy, popular, fun and capitalistic kingdom with plenty of money to go around for all. We must never be "ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth" (Romans 1:16). We must be committed to representing the Kingdom of Christ at all costs, and be prepared to "labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God" (1 Timothy 4:10).

We are ambassadors for Christ and for His Kingdom. Let us never be deterred from that high calling by our innate tendency to represent instead (1) our personal opinions, wherein they conflict with Kingdom interests, (2) the values of the earthly kingdom in which we are stationed, wherein they conflict with Kingdom interests, or (3) our denominational idiosyncrasies wherein they conflict with Kingdom interests.

—Daniel Huber

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