The last three weeks Diane and I enjoyed vacation in Europe. We visited Paris, Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam and took a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. We learned much about history and culture and enjoyed the beauty of God's created world. We were also reminded that no matter where we are or what we're doing, if we're Christians, we are ambassadors for Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:20). We met many people over the course off our trip and were able to talk about our faith in Jesus Christ and the ministry we do. Those who know we are Christians, hopefully, are able to see our love for others and our desire to live for Jesus.
An ambassador is someone who represents the president or king of their country. They speak on behalf of the leader of their nation to the leaders in the country where they serve. They represent their nation to the people who live in that foreign land. Christians live in a foreign country, where people do not know our King or live by the values he espouses. We speak on behalf of King Jesus to people who don't know him. We allow others to see our love for others and attitudes that reflect the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). We model morals that align with Biblical teaching. Ambassadors are not just on duty in public settings, but everywhere they go and in everything they do.
The truth is that everyone who believes in Jesus is an ambassador for Christ. We don't have a choice - it's who we are in Christ. The only choice we have is whether we'll be a good ambassador or a poor ambassador for Jesus. We are on duty for Christ 24/7/365. People should be able to hear Jesus in our words and see him in our actions, wherever we are and whatever we're doing. If we say or do things that don't reflect our faith in Christ, then we do a disservice to our king. So let's always be aware that we are ambassadors for Jesus - and be good ambassadors that honor him.
This Sunday in worship at First Baptist Riverside, we'll discover what it means to be ambassadors for Jesus and how we can represent him well. Join us at Traditional Worship at 9:00 a.m. or Contemporary Worship at 10:45 a.m. This Sunday and in the weeks ahead we'll also be talking about the vision God has given our church, our 20/20 Vision for the Future: to be a growing, healthy, missional and enduring church for Jesus Christ in our community. Come find out what First Baptist is all about!