weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - October 25, 2022
God does not call His people to a ministry of inquisition. Now is not the time to rip the tares out. Our mission is not a political or military crusade, and this is not the time of judgment where we are called to distribute retribution. We are sent out rather to be ambassadors for Christ, emissaries of His mercy and grace. - John MacArthur
Several years ago, I spent a fascinating afternoon talking with a brilliant, charming, gracious older gentleman who had twice served the United States as an ambassador. He related some of the challenges, intrigues, and joys of representing his country’s interests while living in a foreign land.
Two things struck me. First, he loved his homeland and worked hard to clearly represent the United States' beliefs and values to his host countries. Second, he strove to avoid causing offense while resisting the temptation to adopt the beliefs and values of the local cultures.
After explaining the message of reconciliation, Paul reminds the Corinthians, and us, of our ambassadorial roles and responsibilities. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
As ambassadors we must remember that we live in a foreign country and should strive to represent our homeland well. But this is not home. We should never feel too comfortable in this distant land; we will never fit into the culture. All the while, we should be respectful and gracious as we represent the true beliefs and embody the eternal values of the King of kings.
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc