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Read 2 Corinthians 5:16–20

‘We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.’ (v20)

An ambassador has an important role, they literally represent a country or kingdom, whilst located within another country or kingdom!

The embassies of various countries are ‘little expressions’ of the country to which they belong.

It is the same for God’s people today. As citizens of God’s kingdom (Phil. 3:20), although we are located here on earth, we are expressions of God’s kingdom.

The apostle Paul depicts this in his second letter to the Corinthians, describing them as ‘Christ’s ambassadors’ (v20).

Our role as His ambassadors is to represent Christ and His kingdom to a broken world, with the aim that people will be reconciled to Him as they hear His message of reconciliation (vv18–19).

Christmas is the perfect time to announce this message, that reconciliation with the God who made and loved us is possible through Christ – that God Himself has provided a way, fully realised in the life, death, resurrection and ultimate return of Christ.

What a great privilege it is to be considered His ambassadors! Wherever He has placed us, may we represent Him well.

I am an ambassador for Christ, I represent my King
I am an ambassador for Christ, His truth is what I bring
I’ll do my best to tell the world, What a wonderful King He is. 
In words and actions I will show, My neighbours I am His. 
A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord Jesus, thank You that You call us to be Your ambassadors, to participate in the reconciliation of men, women, children and young people to Yourself. Amen.’
AN ACTION TO TAKE: Think about the responsibilities of an ambassador to represent their country well – how might this translate to us as we represent Christ and His kingdom?
SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Isa. 52:1–12; Dan. 7:13–14; Rom. 5:1–11; Col. 1:15–23
Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.