2 Corinthians 5:20 (HCSB) -- 20) "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, 'Be reconciled to God.'"

Four other translations of this focus passage are:

  • God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences (MSG)
  • God is using us to speak to you: We beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, (NLT)
  • God is using us to speak to you: We beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you (TLB)
  • For Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us (NASB)

As a child of God, a Christian, our prime directive is to be like Christ. Our purpose is to be a witness. Matthew Chapter 28 tells us Jesus' last words on earth were to "go into all the world and make disciplines." Paul, a former destroyer of Christians who became a missionary, once wrote, "I have become all things to all people that some might be brought to Faith in Christ. (2 Corinthians). Paul also wrote, “Let the mind of Christ be in you and be imitators of Christ.” (Philippians 2:5)

We all need reminding that we are ambassadors for Christ -- wherever we go, whatever we say, or however we act. We are a representative of Christ, and to some, we might be the only representative of Christ -- either good or bad. It is impossible to share Christ if our lives do not show that we are committed. If others cannot see Jesus in our daily lives, our Christian witness is damaged. Being a church member is NOT evidence of a Christian life.

A Christian must obey. Jesus also commanded that for us to be a follower, we must be ready to die. Mark 10:21 (KJV) -- 21) "Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, one thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

The cross Jesus was referring to was that which brought death. More than likely, we did not understand that at first and that is a shame for we cannot be a true follower without that kind of commitment.

Paul was a very good example. He called himself a bond slave of Jesus. His dedication and commitment to Jesus was phenomenal. 1 Corinthians 9:22 records his writing: "I have become all things to all men." Paul’s purpose for this humility and commitment to serve his Lord was to share the gospel of Jesus, that some might get saved.

My prayer for you is to think positively about your witness for Christ. Peter wrote: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)

It’s awesome to me to realize God would give me the opportunity to be His representative. I pray you might also.

J. Frank Hay Jr. is a pastor and chaplain in Orangeburg.