2 Corinthians 5:11-21
…. 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. Verses 19b-20 (NIV)
An ambassador is an official envoy, a high-ranking diplomat who serves as one nation’s representative to another nation.
The priesthood of all believers means that we are all priests serving in Christ’s kingdom, therefore we are ambassadors. You represent God. You are an official agent commissioned to bring God’s message of reconciliation to the world.
As Christians, as priests, we are called to use our status to minister to others in a way that leads people to be reconciled with God and with each other. This is an awesome and humbling task.
The world needs ambassadors for Christ today. Our present world seems to dismiss reconciliation and claims that when conflict or tensions arise, they can’t be repaired. So, we live with fractured pieces and ongoing tensions everywhere.
But the Word of God says something different. As priests, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. We are to bring peace and unity to relationships everywhere.
When we seek peace in our relationships by reconciling one to another, we are being priests. This is needed in this dark and hurting world. To ignore any attempts at reconciliation brings destruction, chaos and even hopelessness.
Are you willing to accept the responsibility of being a reconciler – a priest and ambassador in God’s kingdom? It is a difficult calling, but it comes with the promise of God’s presence and power. Go ahead and give it a try.
Lord, thank you for using me as your instrument today. May I be an agent of reconciliation as your ambassador in this world. Amen.