TIL23

Therefore, 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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

(2 Corinthians 5:17–21)

Because you have been reconciled to God through Christ and are now a citizen of heaven, you have been assigned an important job—to be an ambassador of heaven, someone who represents Christ in this world. What makes a good ambassador? A good ambassador is loyal to the king and to the kingdom he or she represents. But a good ambassador is also humble and relinquishes the need to judge others. When we embrace these two attributes, we begin to see with God’s eyes—we see people who are hurting, who need grace, and who long to be seen and loved. Once you see people that way, you have the ability to build authentic relationships and eventually, they will want to meet your king.

Reflection Questions

How does it feel to be an ambassador of heaven, a representative of Jesus Christ? How would your family and friends say you’re doing at your job? What would your everyday life look like if you lived into your ambassador title even more (think about your job, your family dynamics, standing in long lines, moments of crisis or conflict)?

Reflect on a time when you interacted with someone and came across as judgmental of their beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors. If you had that interaction to do over again, what would you change?

In what circumstances or settings does representing Christ come easily for you? In what circumstances or settings does it seem more difficult? What accounts for the difference?

Prayer

God, thank you for the reconciliation you brought through Jesus and for giving me the opportunity to say yes. Forgive me for the ways I have failed to represent you and your kingdom well. Show me the places I am falling short and by your grace and your Spirit, help me to grow in loyalty and humility. Allow me to see people through your eyes and to love them as you do by listening and getting to know their stories. Amen.