2 Corinthians 5:17-20
An ambassador is a representative in a country or nation other than his own. Royal ambassadors are those who were once a sinner but have been saved by grace. They had encounter with Christ, repented and are genuinely converted (Acts 3:19). As a result of their conversion they have been commissioned as Royal Ambassadors by heaven in this world. They are representatives of Christ the King bringing good news of salvation to people in the cities, communities, hospitals, prisons, market places, bus stations, schools, offices, and everywhere.
The royal ambassador should do his best to become a well-informed, responsible follower of Christ, to learn the scriptures and how to carry the message of Christ around the world and in the communities where he lives, to work with other true believers in sharing Christ and the goodness of Christ and to keep himself clean, pure, righteous, holy and healthy in mind and body, soul and spirit (Mathew 5:6,8; Hebrews 12:14; Ephesians 4:29-32; Ephesians 5:1-5).
Just as nations on the earth appoints ambassadors or representatives to foreign nations on diplomatic duty or assignment, in the same vein God who is the creator of heaven and earth have called and appointed believers into ministry. He expects those He called out of darkness into His marvelous light to abide in their respective calling and to bear fruits. Neglect of ministry or ignorance of the purpose of the Christian calling makes the CALLED (Royal Ambassador) busy on non-essentials and the enemy takes advantage of that to destroy his works and ministry.
- THE COMMAND TO ROYAL AMBASSADORS TO SHARE GOD’S GOODNESS
Galatians 6:9, 10; 1Peter 4:10; Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrews 10:24; Matthew 5: 42-48
God is the source of all gifts and blessings which He generously and graciously bestow upon man (see James 1:17).
Ambassadors designated to other countries are expected to promote the image of their home country and make known the good products and trade opportunities of his home country to where they are designed or posted. In the same vein, the royal ambassador who are recipients of God’s numerous gifts, blessings of salvation and goodness are expected to use their gifts, talents, abilities, time, money and substance not solely for themselves, but for the good of others.” As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).
The world in which we live is bedeviled with sin, crises, conflicts, turbulence and evil. Yet in the midst of these challenges and troubles, the greatest service we can render to suffering humanity as Royal Ambassadors in this world which is our duty post is to give them the gospel which is the only hope for our generation (John 3:16, Acts 26:18).
2.COMMITMENT OF ROYAL AMBASSADORS TO SHARING THE GOSPEL
John 9:4; 4:28-30, 39; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Romans 9:1-3; 10:1-3; Luke 9:62
The ambassadors of this world carries diplomatic privileges and immunities wherever they go because of their identification with a sovereign country which they represent. The Believer because of his relationship with Christ is a Royal Ambassador and represents Christ in this sin-soaked world. His relationship and identification with Christ the Savior of the world carries with it a privilege and as well as a responsibility to share the good news of Salvation, the good news of Christ’s death on the cross for the sins of the whole world with those he comes in contact with. This is the mandate given by Christ to His disciples who are the royal ambassadors: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
As ambassadors we have been given the ministry of reconciliation.” And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ; and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19, 20). The world is sinking deep in sin and in evil and many are perishing. Royal Ambassadors must rescue the perishing before it is too late. Our “ambassadorial” role of reconciling sinners to God is very urgent. The urgency of the task, the shortness of time, the reality of eternal judgement and the imminent return of the Lord should compel believers to preach the gospel to all nations and tribes because we are royal ambassadors wherever we find spiritual darkness, sin and sinners. Sinners are never dying souls and they have no second chance of reconciling with their maker should they die in their sins, they will eternally be lost.
The Lord Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry demonstrated total commitment to the task of saving the lost. “I must work the works of Him that sent me while it is day, the night cometh, when no man can work” He paid the highest price to fulfill His Father’s will by giving Himself as an offering to save humanity. Believers in the early church followed in the step of Christ as they made evangelism the pivot of their activities. “Therefore, they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4).
Paul the apostle took the gospel to the regions beyond. He made himself ‘all things to all men” to win the lost (1Corinthians 9:22). Our goal, as Royal Ambassadors, should be to show the goodness of God to others everyday by preaching the gospel. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).
3.COMMENDATION TO ROYAL AMBASSADORS FOR SHARING THE GOOD NEWS.
Matthew 25:21-30, 33-46; Daniel 12:3; Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 10:42
The ambassador of this world carries the title “His Excellency” even when they are recalled home from their post of duty. As Royal Ambassadors eternal reward and commendation await us if we faithfully and steadfastly share the goodness of God and win the lost to Christ, while eternal punishment will be the lot of slothful and lukewarm servants (Matthew 25:21-30) “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Daniel 12:3).
Believers who are idle and lazy will not receive the commendation of the King of Kings. Therefore, the Believer who is a Royal Ambassador should therefore:
- Labour to be rich in good works (1Timothy 6:17-19)
- Be prompt and persevering in preaching the gospel (2Timothy 4:1,2)
- Daily live a life of prayer (1Thessalonians 5:17)
- Daily live a life of holiness (1Thessalonians 4:3,7)
- Daily live a life of faith, walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:6)
- Daily live a life of obedience to God and watchfulness.
Sinners and backsliders on their part should not despise God’s goodness, but, without delay or procrastinating, repent and turn unto God, so iniquity and sin will not be their ruin and damnation. (Romans 2:4-11; Ezekiel 18:30-32).