Ambassadors For Jesus Christ

Do you know that when you join the church of Christ that we are ambassadors for Christ? The simple definition of an ambassador is the highest-ranking person who represents his or her own government while living in another country. This meaning I have translated as “Ambassadors for Jesus Christ” we are all the highest -ranking people who represent God’s Kingdom while living here on earth. I am talking about the ‘Great Commission’ as it is called by Jesus to his disciples as stated in Matthew 28:16-20… 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b] . In this passage of scripture, God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told his disciples to make disciples as they preached, baptized and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commands us to tell others the Good News and make them disciples for the kingdom. Further stating when someone is dying or leaving us, his or her last words are very important. Jesus left the disciples with these last words of instruction; they were under his authority, they were to make more disciples, they were to baptize and teach these new disciples to obey Christ. Christ told these disciples that He would be with them always. Whereas in previous mission Jesus had sent His disciples only to the Jews, their mission from now on would be worldwide. Jesus is Lord of the earth, and he died for the sins of people from all nations.

We as Christians are to go whether it is next door or to another country and make disciples. It is not an option, but a command to all who call Jesus “lord”. We are not all evangelist in the formal sense, but we have all received gifts that we can use to help fulfill this ‘Great Commission’. As we obey , we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us. Jesus words affirm the reality of the Trinity (meaning God, the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit) Some people accuse theologians of making up the concept of the Trinity and reading it into scripture. As we see here in this passage, the concept comes directly from Jesus himself. He did not say baptize them into the names, but into the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. The word Trinity does not occur in Scripture, but it well describes the three-in-one nature of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The disciples were to baptize people because baptism unless a believer with Jesus Christ in his or her death to sin and resurrection to new life. Baptism symbolizes submission to Christ, a willingness to live God’s way, and identification with God covenant people. How is Jesus with us? Jesus was with the disciples physically until he ascended into heaven, and then spiritually through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would be Jesus presence that would never leave the disciples. Jesus continues to be with us today through his Spirit. The Old Testament prophecies and genealogies I the book of Matthew present Jesus credentials for being King of the world, not a military or political leader, as the disciples had originally hoped, but a spirit King who can overcome all evil and rule in the heart of every person. If we refuse to serve the King faithfully, we are disloyal subjects, fit only to be banished from the kingdom. We must make Jesus King of our lives and worship Him as our Savior, King, and Lord.

How does it mean to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ?We stated before that we have to serve and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Many serve their savior by serving in the different ministries in their church. Others may have their own personal ministries such as helping disable people or feeding the homeless in their community. Whatever you do you must do it in the name of Jesus. This point in very important because God looks at your heart as you perform your ministries to him. Why are You doing this? Were you involved in this ministry to feel important or are you involved in this ministry to actually help someone? God’s knows your heart, as stated in Acts 15:8… So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, There is another example of this in a Jesus parable in Matthew 25:14-30… 14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise, he who had received two gained two more also.18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time, the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming, I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and be gnashing of teeth.’ This was known as the Parable of the Talents. In this passage of scripture, the master divided the money among his servants according to their abilities. No one received more or less than he could handle. If he failed in his assignment, his excuse could not be that he was overwhelmed. Failure could come only from laziness or hatred toward the master. The talents represent and kind of resource we are given. God gives us time, gifts, and other resources according to our abilities, and he expects us to invest them wisely until he returns. We are responsible for using well what God has given us. The issue is not how much we have, but how well we use what we have. Jesus is coming back – we know this is true. Does this mean we must quit our jobs in order to serve God? No, it means we are to use our time, talents, and treasures diligently in order to serve God completely in whatever we do. For a few people, this may mean changing professions. For most of us , it means doing our daily work out of love for God. This last man was thinking only of himself. He hoped to play it safe and protect himself from his hard master, but he was judged for his self-centeredness. We must not make an excuse to avoid doing what God calls us to do. If God truly our Master, we must obey willingly. Our time, abilities, and money aren’t ours in the first place – we are caretakers, not owners. When we ignore squander, or abuse what we are given, we are rebellious and deserve to punish. This parable describes the consequences of two attitudes to Christ’s return. The person who diligently prepares for it by investing his or her time and talent to serve God will be rewarded. The person who has no heart for the work of the kingdom will be punished. God rewards faithfulness. Those who bear no fruit for God’s kingdom cannot expect to be treated the same as those who are faithful. I submitted a gospel video related to this article.  Enjoy this video.  Always remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!

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Written by Kofi Baruti

The Will To Serve Jesus Christ

Do you ever think that you were meant to do something special? If so what is it? Most people think about a special talent they may have such as singing or maybe playing an instrument. But have you ever thought about what God wants you to do? Every Christian has a ministry God has ordained them to do before the ages of glory as stated in 1 Corinthians 2:7… But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, … What is your ministry in Christ and do you have the will to serve? This will be the main focus of this article. Most people think that when you talk about a ministry in Christ they are talking about being a minister, some missionary in some foreign country. But that is not true for all of us the ministries of Christ are as vast as the stars in the heavens. We joined the church of Jesus Christ and we are joined with the body of Christ so every member of the church or the body of Christ are important!!!

When deciding what is our ministry in Christ we have to examine our talents as well as our gifts from God. There is a difference between a talent and a gift. A talent is some skill you have to develop over a period of time. A gift is something God gave you at birth. So when you are looking to identify your ministry in Christ you should be looking at your gifts. The bible states about spiritual gifts in Romans 12:1-8…I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. The first two verses in the scripture talk about personal responsibility. You really have a responsibility as a Christian to serve because of the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross for the remission of our sins. We are to proclaim our body, heart, and soul as a living sacrifice before this world to glorify Christ our savior. Healthy self-esteem is important because some of us think too little of ourselves, on the other hand, some of us overestimate ourselves. The key to an honest and accurate evaluation is knowing the basis of our worth and our identity in Christ. Apart from God, we aren’t capable of very much by external standards, in him, we are valuable and capable of worthy service. Evaluating yourself by worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and thus miss your true value in God’s eyes.

Paul further states in this scripture of passage use the concept of the human body to teach how Christians should live and work together. Just as parts of the body function under the direction of the brain, so Christians are to work together under the command and authority Jesus Christ. God give us gifts so we can build up the church. To use them effectively, we must 1) realize that all gifts and abilities come from God, 2) understand that not everyone has the same gifts, 3) Know who we are and what we do best, 4) dedicate our gifts to God’s service and not our personal success, 5) be willing to utilize our gifts wholeheartedly, not holding back anything from God’s service. God’s gifts differ in nature, power, and effectiveness according to God’s wisdom and graciousness, not according to our faith. The “measure of faith” or the “proportion to God’s faith” means that God will give spiritual power necessary and appropriate to carry out each responsibility. We cannot by our own effort or willpower, drum up more faith and thus be more effective teachers or servants. These are God’s gifts to his church, and God gives faith and power as he wills. Our role is to be faithful and to seek ways to serve others with what Christ has given us.

Look in this passage at all the gifts and image the kinds of people who would have each gift. Prophets are often bold and articulate. Servers (those in ministry) are faithful and loyal. Teachers are clear thinkers. Encouragers (those who Exhort) know how to motivate others. Givers are generous and trusting. Leaders are good organizers and managers. Those who show mercy are caring people who are happy to give their time to others. It would be difficult for one person to embody all these gifts. An assertive prophet would not usually make a good counselor, and a generous giver might fail as a leader. When you identify your own gifts (and this list is far from complete) ask how you can use them to build up God’s family. At the same time, realize that your gifts can’t do the work of the church alone. Be thankful for people whose gifts are completely different from yours. Let your strengths balance their weaknesses, and be grateful that their abilities make up for your deficiencies. Together you can build Christ’s church.

The will to serve Jesus Christ comes with the gifts God has given you. I stated earlier every Christian has a spiritual gift or gifts God has given you. Some Christians explore and perform their gifts for their ministry some don’t. It is not enough for you to just attend church every Sunday waiting to hear the word of God. The true purpose of a good Christian church is to regenerate you to go out into this sinful world and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. You see most think their week starts on Monday when they go to work, when for Christian it really starts on Sunday. Most people think that their work is the most important aspect of their life. Oftentimes we have worked all week making a living for ourselves and our families and at the end of the week, we give God what is left. Our jobs or careers are only vessels for survival to do God’s work. Do you have the will to serve Jesus Christ? If you don’t you need to explore what is God’s spiritual gift or gifts and have a ministry to serve others in Christ. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video and remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”. What do you think? Comments are always welcome.

Written by Kofi Baruti

HOW DO WE REMEMBER SUNDAY?

Exodus 20:8-11… “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.In it, you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it

The question of ‘How do we remember Sunday?’ is a legitimate one, and is an important focus point in this article. The passage states that God wants us not to work on the Sabbath day. The Muslims recognized the Sabbath day on Friday the Christians on Sunday. This article will focus on the Christian recognition of the Sabbath on Sunday. Most people remember as a child of going to a church on Sunday. Whether they went to Sunday school usually before the church services or they just attended the church services shaped the memories on how they remember their experiences in church. These church experiences we remembered most likely shaped or taught us our moral sense of what was right or wrong with us and the world we lived in. This article will explore how we should express our respect for the Sabbath.

The basic meaning of the Sabbath is a day of rest. How should we honor and respect our day of rest? We should show our respect and honor the Sabbath praising God blessings, seeking a personal relationship with God, meditating on God’s word, and in pray with God. Praising God (meaning giving thanks to God) can be done in many ways. The word of God states in Psalm 150

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord! If you can’t play an instrument or sing well you still can dance, sing with the congregation as well as dance. Our Lord and Savour Jesus Christ loves when we give praises to His holy name with testimonies. It is said that when we praise God blessing comes down upon us. Meaning we will get blessings from God that we may not even expect. The one thing any Christians shouldn’t be shy about is giving thanks to God for the meaning blessing we believe God has given us. Anyone who believes there is a God should at the very least thank God for your health and that you are in your right mind (meaning not crazy). Also giving thanks to God for His many blessings is another way evangelizing the good news about Jesus Christ.

Seeking a personal relationship with God also can be done in several ways. The most important establishing a relationship with God is through with word. Many people seek an understanding of God’s word through the sermon the Pastor of the church gives every Sunday. But let’s say you have to work on Sunday and you can’t hear your pastor sermon what do you do then. You can tape your pastor’s sermons or listen to another taped sermon from another pastor. Many people have daily bible readings and devotionals to get an understanding of God’s word. The bible states in John 1:1-2… In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. It is very important for you to understand the true meaning of this passage of scripture. John one of the twelve disciples of Jesus wrote this to express of the word as Jesus in the flesh. Another way of expressing or reading John 1:1 … is by saying “In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.” John wrote his book for Christians and non-Christians during that time period many people worshiped mythological gods whose supposed to have supernatural powers. But John, One of the twelve disciples who witnessed all of Jesus miracles wanted everyone to have no doubt that Jesus was the ultimate and only God and his word was true.

Seeking God’s word is very good way to honor and respect the Sabbath but it would be an even better way for you to honor and respect the Sabbath in meditating on God’s word. The word of God says in Psalm 119:148… My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. You should get somewhere quiet where there are no distractions and read your bible. If you don’t understand the scriptural verse you are reading just pray to God to give the understanding of what you are reading. The word of God has different meanings to everyone who reads it. What one verse might mean something to one person but mean something completely different to you. When you meditate on the God’s word ask God what do you want me to do with your understanding of His word.

Finally, you should always pray to God in showing honor and respect for the Sabbath. I believe that pray changes all things. You prays must be made and consecrated in your faith in God and his promises. The word of God says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18… 1Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these commands – be joyful, pray continually, and gives thanks – often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful. We cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing his presence within us, and determining to obey God fully. Then we will find it natural to pray frequently, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times. Regardless, whether you work on the Sabbath day or not you should always honor and respect this day of rest. It is your special time with God and will only improve your relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ where all blessing comes from. I submitted a gospel video related to Sunday church service most of us are usually attending. Enjoy this video. Remember Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I.

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Written by Kofi Baruti

THE DESIRES OF OUR PRAYERS

2 Samuel 24:18-25… 18 And God came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 So David, according to the word of God, went up as the Lord commanded. 20 Now Araunah looked and saw the king and his servants coming toward him. So Araunah went out and bowed before the king with his face to the ground. 21 Then Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”

And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, to build an altar to the Lord, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people.” 22 Now Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever seems good to him. Look, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing implements and the yokes of the oxen for wood. 23 All these, O king, Araunah has given to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God accept you.”24 Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel. We pray for many things but is really the desires of our prayers to God? I believe that God answers all prayers to those who have faith and obey his commandments. Much like the passage above David was instructed by God to be an altar to the Lord. In this article, we will explore what are the conditions of prayer to God.

However, before we go into the conditions of prayer to God we should know why prayer in a Christian’s life is so important? The reason prayer is so important to us is that God wants a fellowship with you. In the word of God, I want to look at two passages of scripture. The first one is Psalms 63: 1… O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. David was hiding from his enemies in the barren wilderness of Judah, David was intensely lonely. He longed for a friend he could trust to ease his loneliness. If you are lonely or thirsty for something lasting in your life, remember David’s prayer. God alone can satisfy our deepest longings. The second scripture is 1 John 1:5-6 … This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. The light in this scripture represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil. The statement “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin. Light is also related to truth in that light exposes whatever exists, whether it is good or bad. In the dark good and evil look alike, in the light, they can be clearly distinguished. Just as darkness cannot exist the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of a holy God. If we want to have a relationship with God, we must put aside our sinful ways of living. To claim that we belong to him but then to go out and live for ourselves is hypocrisy. Christ will expose and judge such deceit. Our relationship with God is based on how we will fellowship with God. When you go to God in prayer we are communicating with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is another reason prayer is so important to the saints. Whether we communicate with God in church or alone at home we believe that he will answer our prayers and thus favor the desires of our prayers.

 

 

We all want God to answer our prayers but what if you have prayed for something and your prayers haven’t been the answer? What are the conditions in which God will answer our prayer? When you pray one the first things we overlook is listening to God. Pray is our way of communicating with God. So how should we be listening to God? There are several ways you can listen to God. One way is to take the time to listen to God. By that, I mean set aside time regardless of your schedule to pray each day. Maybe at the beginning or end of the day. Next, you should relax. Consciously relax your muscles and get loose. There is no hurry. God can’t get through to you if you are all tense up. Tune into God. Open your heart. Either, silently or aloud say in a natural way ask what is God plan for your life or ask God to give you an answer to a problem or situation you are facing. Next, listen for God response be relax open your mind. Finally, you can write whatever comes into your mind, you may want to do this because to remember what God has said to you.

The next condition of God answering the desires of your prayers is to be obedient to God. The first passage above David was obedient to God and God restored the land. We must be obedient when God has told you what He wants you to do sometimes when you prayer. Being disobedient to God instructions have their consequences. I can remember the first time I was praying and thanking the Lord for saving me from my industrial accident when I was crushed between a forklift and a truck leaving me with a lacerated lung and in a coma for seven days, I should have died but God save me. At this I got an attorney to sue the company I had this accident with. I was thinking only about myself as I was praying and God told me I want you feed and help the list of the few (I knew what that meant when God told me that, God was talking about the homeless) Originally when I heard God said that to be I was shocked and I didn’t understand why he wanted me to help the homeless. If I had to write my first thought about what God had told me regarding the homeless it would have been “them people stink!” So went wasn’t really fully involved with what God wanted me to do regarding feeding or helping the homeless. God kept giving me chances to fully obey what He had told me but I disregarded what God said to me after many attempts by God to get my attention. Years later I lose anything and found myself in a homeless shelter. After being in a shelter for while I started working with an organization to feed and help the homeless.

The final condition you must have is faith that God will answer the desires of your prayer. Faith is the key Jesus said if you only have faith as little as a muster seed you can say mountain be moved and through your faith that mountain will be moved. So you don’t have to have a lot of faith, God only requires you to have a little to answer the desires of your prayers. Your faith must be that blinding faith where you know it hasn’t happen yet but you still believe. The word of God says in Ephesians 6:10-20 … 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a]against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. I have given you these conditions as a guide to help in getting the desire of your prayers answers now.  I  have submitted a gospel video about prayer. Enjoy this video and as always Keep the Faith and God Loves you and So Do I!!!

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Written by Kofi Baruti