For Americans who wish to serve abroad, ambassador is one of the most highly sought after positions. This position is commonly handed out based on political favors to the president or to the political party that the president belongs to. Although our sinful nature can corrupt the appointment of ambassadors by placing people in these positions who lack the proper qualifications, there are a number of reasons why people who show loyalty to the president are appointed.To develop a clear understanding of this and of what Paul was talking about, we need to know more about the duties and responsibilities that ambassadors hold. It is first important to note that ambassadors live in countries that are not their own. The Bible makes it clear that as believers, this world is not a home to us because our home is in heaven. An ambassador, however, is not just someone who lives in a different country. There are lots of people with visas who go to other countries on vacation, but these individuals are tourists, rather than ambassadors. Tourists enter into foreign countries solely for personal enjoyment or for a vacation. None of them have the intention of working there.
Another essential characteristic of an ambassador is that this person does not go to other countries in order to promote his or her own agenda or opinions, but is instead there to exclusively represent the one who he has been sent by. Due to the fact that the president is incapable of being in all countries at a single time, he selects an ambassador that can be a representative to the leaders of a country. If the ambassador is given a message to deliver from the president, irrespective of whether the ambassador agrees with this message, the ambassador will have to do what he has been given to do. It is not in his power to alter the message so that it is more in line with his own opinions or beliefs.
An ambassador also serves as the face of his country to everyone he encounters. Many people who live in a country are not going to travel abroad and this means that the ambassador is the only person who they will see from a particular foreign country. If the behavior of the ambassador is poor, people will assume that everyone from his home nation behaves in the same way.
Marines who had been deployed to Japan were given a warning from their base commander that they were all serving as ambassadors for both their branch of the US military and their country and they were therefore instructed to behave honorably. Some time ago, there were Marines in this region who raped a young woman from Okinawa. Widespread protests arose given that most residents on the island believed that this behavior was indicative of every American.
These Marines were wicked messengers rather than faithful ambassadors. As a believer in Christ, whether you like it or not, you serve as an ambassador for Christ. This means that you have no right to promote an agenda of your own, but are instead instructed to share the message that you have been given to share. This why Paul, when speaking to the residents of Corinth, said that he was talking in Christ’s stead and asking that they be reconciled to God.
Is the life that you’re living sanctified and holy in order for you to be a good representative of your heavenly home while you live in this world? When people see you, what will they think that heaven is really like? Would your lifestyle make people want to live in heaven or would they think that heaven should be avoided? Are you a wicked servant or a faithful ambassador? You have to make this determination, given that you are completely aware of your own lifestyle.
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