Be proud of your job title: Ambassador of God! Today, I feel the need to allow another lover and follower of Jesus Christ’s words to pierce your hearts and influence your mind. Paul wrote this message so eloquently as he spoke about what our purpose is here on earth. I pray this message blesses you just as it has for me.
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-21 NLT)
Now if that’s not a great call to action, then I don’t know what is. After reading such a wonderful message like that, we should all feel compelled to do right by God. The first steps are admitting just how much we need Him in our lives and allow His power to move through us. Secondly, we must start applying the tools we learn through the word of God. By implementing Christ’s practices of love, patience, honesty, integrity, faith, peace, a willing and giving heart, compassion, empathy and prayer for all, we can help make our time in this world a much better place. Share God’s love, speak the word of God and be who God called you to be. He gave us this life for a purpose. Each and every one of us has an unique, special gift that’s been placed upon us. Our gifts are to be used for God’s glory. Let’s not waste what God gave us and called us to be.
“I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.”
(Habakkuk 3:2 NLT)
In Jesus name, I pray this message seeps deep within your heart and causes you to take action in your life. May God’s words impact your life so much so that you start affecting others around you. May every friend, family member and person you touch or come into contact with be impacted by God’s love through you. I pray God shines through you and that you never fail at your attempts to be the best versions of yourself. In Jesus name, I ask all of these things be counted done, Amen.
Sincerely with love,
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