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