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“I sought for greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there, I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her fertile fields and boundless forests, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her public school system and her institutions of learning, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her democratic congress and her matchless constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” – Alexis de Tocqueville
Satan needs only one thing, Christians to do nothing. James 2:17–26 (NIV)
We will be strong as a people only as we are good. We will be good as a people only as we believe and depend on almighty God.
If we want to be the Agents of Change for the Lord Jesus Christ we need to be Ambassadors for Christ
2 Corinthians 5:17-20:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 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 men’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.
Here in 2 Corinthians the apostle Paul called himself an ambassador for Christ because he had a mission to convey the gospel of Christ. What is an ambassador? Webster says an ambassador is: an authorized representative or messenger. In other words, an ambassador stands in the place of the king or the government. When Paul had to define his ministry and ours, he took a phrase from the world of politics, “We are ambassadors for Christ” (v. 20). In Paul’s world this metaphor would be clearly understood as describing the act of representing Christ in the Roman Empire. And here he is relating this to our role. We play that same role for the kingdom of God.
So, what is God calling us to be: Ambassadors for Christ. What does this ambassadorship look like? First, let’s see that it is not. It is not a part-time calling. It is not a one time event. This calling to be an ambassador for Christ is a lifestyle. It is the way we look at life. It is the way we walk and talk in the world. Our lives do not belong to us for our own fulfillment. As an ambassador we are to represent Christ. People will be changed by seeing Christ in a new way through us. Our role as ambassadors for Christ is to set up the encounter so people can experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ. But it is important to remember that we are not responsible to change a person; that is the work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ will reveal the bankruptcy of their agendas and the emptiness of the glories they seek. We just need to be willing to set-up the encounter. We need to be available to be used by the Holy Spirit. This is our job as Christ’s Ambassador, and we should take this responsibility unwaveringly and do it with all our heart.
God has not declared war on the world; at the cross He declared peace. But one day, He will declare war; and then it will be too late for those who have rejected Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:3–10). Satan is seeking to tear everything apart in this world, but Christ and His church are involved in the ministry of reconciliation, bringing things back together again, and back to God.
If we want to be Agents of Change for the Lord Jesus Christ then we need to love like Christ.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
I am becoming persuaded that the foundation to see change in people is not sound theology; it is love. Without love, our theology is like a boat without oars. Love is what drove God to send and sacrifice his Son. Love is what led Christ to subject himself to the cross. Love is what causes him to seek and save the lost. The problem is that we don’t want ministry that demands love that is difficult. We don’t want to serve others in a way that requires personal sacrifice. We prefer to lob grenades of truth into people’s lives rather than lay down our lives for them. But this is exactly what Christ did for us: He laid down His life for us. Can we expect to be called to do anything less?
People are watching to see if Christians are for real and to see if God is for real. Research by George Barna for his book, Re-Churching the Unchurched, found out that only 2 percent of those who don’t attend church do so because they don’t believe in God. The other 98 percent stay away because they, for a variety of reasons, don’t like what they see when they look at the church. Our actions toward people in need can go a long way toward demonstrating to the skeptics what authentic Christianity looks like, whether its seen up-close or from a distance.
1 Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
If we have the truth and are not willing to share it, is that Love? If we want to be the Agents of Change for the Lord Jesus Christ then we need to love like Christ.