We are ambassadors of Christ in this world. We represent the Kingdom of God here and now. We are His personal representatives to this alien land. Our official residency belongs not to this world but to our homeland–Heaven. Within these walls of our homes the rules and customs belongs to Heaven.
Our allegiance is to our homeland and King, not of this world.
Are we living up to our ambassadorial title? And is our home an embassy of Heaven?
An ambassador also has direct access to the King he represents. How can we represent if we don’t know the King’s mind? Many people fail as Christian ambassadors because they don’t maintain communication with their King.
If an ambassador stays too long in a foreign country and doesn’t make frequent visits to his own land he gets “denaturalized.” This can happen without being aware of it.
How easily, without realizing it, do we become “conformed to this world.” How easily we accept a lower standard; lose the sharp distinction between right and wrong.
How do we avoid this? By repeated contact and communication with God and His people. Daily prayer, weekly corporate worship, fellowship and service are ways to do that.
Sooner or later every ambassador is called home and relieved of his or her post.
Some day we will be called home. God doesn’t intend for us to dwell forever in an alien land. When it comes, may it only find us fulfilling our ambassadorial duties.
Sometimes I get discouraged because I see little results from my ministry. It’s then I have to re-read the story of Noah. He worked for 100 years and didn’t get discouraged. If he did, the Holy Spirit didn’t ensure it was recorded. So if the Lord wants me to work I will work on. I’ve seen transformation of people from death to life spiritually and Noah preached for years without a convert. So I’ve made my mind up: I will do the best I can and leave the results with God.
So Christian! Expect good results and never get discouraged; but if we don’t get good results, let us not look on the dark side, but keep on praying, and in the fullness of time the blessing of God will come.
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.
The Catholic Church considers laziness or sloth to be one of the seven deadly sins because it has the power to shut down an entire kingdom. People paralyzed by laziness miss opportunities to be Salt and Light.
Diabetes is laziness of the pancreas that affects the entire Body. Far too many of us Christians are causing spiritual diabetes in the life of the Body of Christ, the Church. It’s time to use our gifts and abilities. It’s time to take a chance. It’s time to unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and see what God will do when we simply DO SOMETHING.
Praise, by its very nature, is outward, open, demonstrative and obvious to anyone watching. We are exhorted numerous times in the Psalms to praise God publicly. We are on this earth to make our God known through our praise.
8 expressions of praise in Scripture:
- Raising our hands
- Playing instruments
These 8 are not commands to please God. God’s only requirement is that we praise. We are given 8 options to try. We should TRY them all. But some are more comfortable than others.
“Be strong and of good courage,” is repeated in Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, and 18.
Courage and enthusiasm are necessary qualifications for successful work in the Lord’s service.
God does not use the person that is always looking on the dark side.
The moment we get our eyes on God and remember who He is, that He has all the power in earth and heaven, then we will have good courage.
It took Moses 40 years on the back side of a desert to learn this. Elijah had courage against the prophets of Baal but when Jezebel sent a message to him he took his eyes off the Lord and he got afraid.
That’s the trouble with most Christians today: we get frightened to speak to others about their souls.
God could only use the apostles because they were fearless and bold.