In 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 starting at verse 17, Apostle Paul states that “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 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.”
The word “reconcile” appears in some variation five times in these verses, so it is fairly easy to conclude what Paul is getting at. We, as believers have been entrusted with the task of reconciling people with God. We are His ambassadors, living in a world that we don’t belong to, representing the One who sent us.
When you ask yourself why you’re here on earth as a Christian, the answer should find its way back to this. This is really a broader understanding of the Great Commission, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,” “Go and make disciples of all nations,” “You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Really, the only reason believers are left on earth is for this ministry of reconciliation. We are here to fish for the kingdom of God. Everything else will be better in heaven. We struggle to be holy here. We struggle with our relationships here. We struggle with our praise here. We struggle with our prayer life here. We are left here for only one reason - the ministry of reconciliation, because that’s one thing we will never do in heaven.
We are a force of ambassadors, with a ministry of reconciliation, declaring God’s message of love and forgiveness to the world. The best part is that He has equipped us to fulfill this role by giving us everything we need - His Name to carry, His Word to strengthen and His Holy Spirit to empower. Therefore as Christ’s ambassadors, we are fully backed, fully funded, fully defended, and fully assisted by God.
You are His ambassador! You represent the Lord Jesus to your family, to your friends, to the people you work with, and to the people you pass by each day. Make sure you don’t leave home without your fishing rod!
Love and blessings,