It never ceases to amaze me at how so much of what we encounter here in earth is really only an imitation of heavenly ideas and mindsets. It makes perfect sense since in Hebrews we see that what is tangible was made from things that were intangible, or that which is seen was made from that which is unseen. To me, this has always meant that the spiritual world is more real than this one in which we inhabit. And yet, while I know this intrinsically, whenever I encounter an idea that has Kingdom ramifications, I still have to stop and marvel at how intelligent and great God is.
For instance, consider this. In a recent bible study, we were talking about how the Gospel of the Kingdom pushes us out. The premise was simply that when we read the Bible, many times in pulls us in. The words and life behind the words does internal sifting, cutting, and pruning. The fantastic thing about this is that through all of this internal editing, the result should be a life that is lived outside of itself. We are to be heralds of God and ambassadors of His Kingdom. Now, think about this with me for just a few moments. Let’s dwell on the word ambassador.
What do you think about when you think of an Ambassador? Me, I tend to think of someone who is a direct representative of a home country. I think of someone who travels to a foreign land to advance the interests of his or her home country. Ambassadors have the full backing of their home country as long as they are rightly promoting those interests and other things that are important.They have financial resources, military resources, and authority that goes beyond that of a mere tourist. They are often strangers in that land, but get to know the people and find ways to get the job done. Though, if they fail,they are pulled and someone new is put in their place.
Now, think about these verses in the Bible:
2 Corinthians 5:16-20- We are Christ’s Ambassadors. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them (reconciliation). We’re speaking for Christ himself now.
1 Peter 2:11-12- Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when He arrives.
So, Paul says that we are Christ’s Ambassadors; that God uses US to persuade men and women. Then Peter adds further to this thought. He says that this world is not our home, so we shouldn’t get too comfy in it. So,if this world is not our home, and we are merely visiting, why are we investing so much time in being comfortable here? Sure, Ambassadors usually live in posh estates in real life, but that is an area that doesn’t line up with what God requires from us. We see right here in print that our job is not to be comfortable. Solomon calls such pursuits worthless in Ecclesiastes.
We are Ambassadors, but not the posh, comfy kind. Then what kind are we to be? We should be the kind who seek to imitate Christ in all that we say and do. We should be the kind who recognize every day of our lives as one appointment after another, being on the lookout for those whom the Holy Spirit would share His interests with. The fact is that everywhere we go, we are ambassadors walking in a foreign land that is not our own. For this reason,we should always be prepared to share the Gospel, no matter how it is received.I read an interesting statistic the other day. It said that out of 10 people. 3 would listen with only fleeting interest to someone sharing the Gospel, 4 will listen for the pitch, whether they actually believe it or not, and only 3 will be vehemently opposed to even listening. So the odds actually show that we have a great opportunity to share with people and have them at least listen to what we have to say.  This is what Ambassadors do. They represent. Tirelessly. Excitedly. They herald the great things about their country, telling everyone they meet how glorious their homeland is.
Isn’t our homeland more glorious than anything here on this earth? Is not our God greater and more powerful than any government? Does He not love us and only have our best interests at heart? In Christ, we have no need to argue over bipartisan inaccuracies and place blame on anyone, because He has provided everything that we need in His person. For this reason and more, our lives should be lived out heralding His coming, testifying to His greatness,and inviting others to partake in His glory.
So back to the original point. The Gospel pushes us out. Our faith in God and the accuracy and inspiration of His word, causes works in us and outside of us that advance His Kingdom. In doing this, God is glorified and lauded. In doing this, people are drawn into the light and majesty of the One who loves us and desires more for us than we could ever hope or begin to think of. When we go forth, we have the backing and the power of God fully behind us and around us. We have nothing to fear! I pray that this would become a reality for us, that as we ingest more and more of the Word, it would become fire in our bones, compelling us to represent for our God and His Kingdom. Thy will be done.
This begs the question though. Why aren’t we representing?That, my friends, is a question for another blogging.
Until next time, my friends, be blessed.