The Honorable Ambassador

Larry McAuley

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

We are . . . Christ’s ambassadors . . . (v. 20 niv)

Living and working in the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi, I have opportunity from time to time to interact with the diplomatic community. Right or wrong, I tend to form opinions about a country or a people based on my reactions to its representatives.

Did you know that others do that with you, too? Maybe you don’t have the opportunity to live in an international setting, but you do live in a community. People measure what you stand for by the way you live your life.

One thought runs as a thread throughout today’s Scripture reading: reconciliation-restoring strained or broken relationships. The ability to restore and preserve good relations between countries and their diplomats is one of the most important functions of an ambassador.

As ambassadors of Christ, we who have received new life in Jesus have this responsibility, too. We must not only work to maintain our relationship with the One whom we represent, but we must also work to restore relationships in the communities where we live and turn people’s eyes to Christ, the One who makes us honorable ambassadors.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, may I represent you well today.