20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20
Paul uses a term here that carried potency in the ancient world, and still does today – he refers to believers as ambassadors. Ambassadors are traditionally those representing a larger party, they represent the larger party’s interests and agenda. More than that, ambassadors are the physical representation of the ‘country’ or party to others. Others will see, know and learn of the country through the ambassador. This is what Paul says our role is for the kingdom of God. What is the agenda we are carrying? That of reconciliation. An agenda which priorities the restoration of man’s relationship with God.
I love the word ‘implore’, it is such a powerful word and yet so often absent from the way I treat my role as ambassador for the kingdom of God. I don’t often feel the need to ‘implore’ others to be reconciled to God. But if reconciliation has literally rescued me from death to life, how can we not seek to implore all to be reconciled to God. How can I take my role as ambassador more seriously?
Father teach me to be an effective and faitfhul ambassador for the kingdom of God. Teach me how to feel the importance of the ministry of reconciliation. Holy SPirit, lead me in this ministry for your glory!