December 2020 Retreat: Believers’ Ministry Message
2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Malachi 2:7; 1 Peter 2:9
‘Royalty’ or ‘Royal’, has to do with the status of a monarch- a king or queen, or a member of their family. An ambassador is an official, envoy or minister, especially, a high-ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state, or to an international organization. He is the resident representative of his country in another country. An ambassador may be appointed for a special, and often, temporary diplomatic assignment. That one is known as ‘an ambassador extraordinaire’ (extraordinary). There is also another kind of ambassador known as ‘an ambassador plenipotentiary’. That is a high-ranking diplomat who has been given power to sign treaties or agreements with another country on behalf of his government. Then there is ‘an ambassador-at large’, who is an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one country. The believer becomes a royal ambassador because he is of the royal priesthood (1Peter 2:9), and he represents the interests here in the world, of the King of Kings who is in heaven. He is in the world but not of the world. Like an ambassador, he is Christ’s representative and has been given power and authority to act for his Royal Liege (Master).
- THE REVEALED PROFILE OF AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST
2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Ephesians 6:7; Malachi 2:7; Philippians 2:14-16
The credentials of an ambassador of state are very important. He must present them to the Head of State of the country to which he has been sent as an ambassador and the credentials must be accepted before he is allowed to settle and begin his official duties. Christ’s ambassadors must first be reconciled to God through the atoning sacrifice of Christ.
I. They must be in Christ-2 Corinthians 5:17
Ii.They must be new creatures. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; Ephesians 4:24;;Romans 6:4
Iii.Old things must have passed away and all things have become new.2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-5
Ambassadors carry the dignity of their nation on their shoulders. They would not do anything that will bring the name of their country into disrepute. As Christ’s royal ambassadors, we are to live in purity and transparency in a polluted, and crooked world. In fact we are to reflect the light of Christ everywhere we are.
2.THE ROYAL PRACTICES OF CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS
2 Corinthians 5:20; Philippians 3:20; 2:15; Malachi 2:7; 2 Samuel 10:1,2
The primary responsibility of ambassadors is to represent and work towards the best interests of their countries. Ambassadors are responsible for protecting and defending their fellow countrymen abroad.
One, Christ’s royal ambassadors take up the ministry of reconciliation. Through the preaching of the Gospel, they make peace between sinning men and a Gracious God. Two, they show the world, by their example, that it is possible to live a holy life in a sin-drenched world. Three, they are occupied with the Master’s business always and everywhere. Four, they run every other errand of the Master gives them, visiting the sick, the poor and the needy, and giving to alleviate their suffering James 1:27
3. THE REWARD PACKAGE FOR AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST
2 Corinthians 5:21; John 15:16; Matthew 25:14-23; Daniel 12:3; Hebrews 6:10
Ambassadors are well remunerated by their governments. Our heavenly Father rewards those who serve Him well. Their labour will never be in vain. 2 Corinthians 15:58. Soul winners will have their prayers answered and they will receive a crown in heaven. They have job satisfaction as they bring joy to the angels in heaven. It is a great honour to be called a royal ambassador of Christ.(1 Corinthians 1:26). His final reward shall be at the’ Beema Seat’ of Christ 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10