Monday, June 15
The worship focus for Christ the King Lutheran Church this past weekend included the narrative of Stephen’s martyrdom and the way the believers continued to be witnesses even as the persecution and scattering began.
A witness tells what they know to be true, wherever they go. As followers of Jesus we are His witnesses with whomever the Lord connects us.
The Apostle Paul used another noun to describe what believers do as they interact with others. He used the term: ambassador.
“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!”
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,
so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
2 Corinthians 5:19-21
An ambassador speaks on behalf of the leader he represents. It is as if the leader were present, speaking through the ambassador. Notice the message of the ambassador, according to Paul:
“Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
As followers of Christ we have been blessed to have a high calling. We are witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ! We are ambassadors of the King! Our lives are not merely about getting by day to day. Our lives are not stuck in the mundane and limited experiences of this world. We are witnesses and ambassadors of the almighty God!
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for the privilege of being your witness. Thank you that you invite me to be your ambassador to others. Lord, please help me to understand just how wonderful it is, that you, the Lord of the universe have chosen me a humble sinner, to do such an important work in my life. Bless me this day to grasp a bit more fully what you desire to do through me. Amen.