Posts Tagged Change Agent
Christine Caine reminds us that we are called to be in the world but not of it. If the church followed this call, we think something radical could happen.
Great video about how we the church need to take our responsibility seriously.
“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.