My favorite verse about the Christian life is 2 Corinthians 5:20, which states that every believer is an ambassador for Christ. Those in my church, and those who I’ve taught the Bible in other settings have all heard me speak of the importance of this verse in my own life. I first learned it in the boys group that used to be in just about all Southern Baptist churches, called the Royal Ambassadors.
You and I ARE ambassadors for Christ. As believers, our ambassadorship is not an optional thing. It’s not about, “Well, I feel like doing something good for someone today. I suppose that’s what is meant by being an ambassador for Christ.” No, that’s not right. You ARE an ambassador for Him always, even when you don’t feel like it. Even when you are grumpy, or sidetracked doing other things. When you’re happy, and when you’re down, you are still an ambassador for Christ. You represent Christ every moment to others, because He resides in you.
Tonight, while I read through Proverbs 15, two verses jumped out at me, because they illustrate ways in which you and I can serve as positive and productive ambassadors for Christ. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.” Proverbs 15:4 says, “The tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.”
Wow, how these two verses so simply show a good way for us as believers to represent Christ in a very positive way. How you and I speak to others goes such a long way in ministering to them and their needs and particular situations. When that other person is angry, or is in the process of becoming so, Proverbs 15:1 says that you and I have the ability to diffuse the situation with how we speak an answer to that person. But not only do we have the power to diffuse the situation with a gentle answer. According to 15:4, you and I have a great ability to bring healing to difficult and damaged situations, as well as to the hurting people who are in the midst of them.
James wrote about the power and influence of the tongue, as well as the difficulty of controlling it. He wrote in James 3:12 that “a saltwater spring” cannot, “yield fresh water.” A pure spring can, though. And Christ in you is a source of living water. That living water refreshes you spiritually, but by handling your words in a way that honors God, you give living water to others, and that living water from you can bring joy and healing to their lives.
When you think of being an ambassador for Christ, how about thinking first about how you can speak God’s love, grace, and peace to someone who needs it?
Blessings to you-