Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. – 2 Corinthians 5:11
A “fearful responsibility to the Lord” Paul wrote to the church at Corinth. Words to take notice of. We have a responsibility that we should fear not fulfilling! What is this awesome responsibility that is so important the Holy Spirit would choose those words to record it for all eternity? Persuading others to follow Christ. I know, you’re thinking “We know, we’re supposed to share the good news with people.” It’s more than that. If you were in your last 30 days to live and asked “What should I do to make sure I’m right with God?” We might talk about forgiving others or repenting of sins but probably not “go tell someone about God’s love.” Yet this is exactly what this verse is saying.
Later in the same chapter the Holy Spirit (through Paul) reminds us of our purpose on this planet.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
We love to quote the verse 17, “We are new! The old life is gone.” but WHY? So that we can be Ambassadors for Christ.
An ambassador is an official representative of something. Paul tells the Church in Corinth that We Christians are Christ’s ambassadors. His official representatives. Christ has sent His message to us and through us for the world to hear and see. We are sent with Christ’s message of reconciliation. So your title is “Ambassador of Reconciliation.” Now that is a calling. So what is reconciliation? Reconciliation according to the Encarta Dictionary is a “renewing.” The “ending of conflict.” So Christ came to reconcile us with God….. renew us with God, so we would not be condemned to death. And as Christ’s ambassador we are called to encourage other to become renewed…. In faith, and focus on God.
If the time we had left on this planet was less than 30 days we should spend them representing the one who is calling us home to His heavenly country.