Heeding the call of our Lord Jesus Christ to go and make “Disciples” of all nations, Sabang Church of Christ Disciples decided to go beyond her comfort zone and preach the Gospel to far away communities and also support local ministers who are following Jesus call. Thus the birth of Local Outreach Ministries/Missions.
Jesus said, “ Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:14,20)
“We Are Christ’s Ambassadors”20We 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. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
An ambassador is an authorized representative sent from one government to another to act on behalf of the country which sent him. His own interests, opinions, and ambitions must be put aside. The decisions he makes must be for the interest of his country, influenced in no way by personal ideas. His whole life is given completely to fulfilling this mission.
Paul was an ambassador for the Lord Jesus Christ. He had no desires, plans, or interests of his own. His whole-hearted loyalty and obedience was to Jesus Christ. The Greek word for ambassador has the meaning of “the one who spoke for the emperor.” Paul had the authority to speak for Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. “We [as Christ’s representative] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor 5:20, Amplified)
We, too, as members of God’s family, are personal representatives for Christ. It is a divine appointment. “As my Father has sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). We are here in Christ’s stead. “We beg you, as though CHRIST himself were here pleading with you” (2 Cor 5:20, LB). We have a message to proclaim:”. . . be reconciled to God.
Living here today in Christ’s place is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. It means putting aside our ambitions and aims. It means giving Him priority in our lives. We are His representatives in what we do, what we say, and where we go.
We aren’t told to be His ambassadors when we feel like it, or when we want to, or if we feel qualified. It says ”WE ARE.” He doesn’t use all of us in the same place. He may send some to faraway places, others He puts in a public ministry, or in hidden places. Home may be the place of service for some.
Are you in your appointed place today, as His ambassadors, in His stead? Or are you holding back from obeying His call? ( “Be Still and Know” by Millie Stamm)