Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
1 Corinthians 4:2
Ambassadors are Meant to Represent
“I’m only the messenger.” Have you ever said that to someone when forced to break bad news? “Don’t be upset with me; I’m only the messenger.”
No one likes being the bearer of bad news, delivering a message that an audience won’t like. But sometimes, that’s what ambassadors get paid to do. They’re not asked to sugarcoat the king’s message in order to make it more palatable for the hearers. They have one job: repeat the words of the one who sent them. Ambassadors don’t have permission to go off-script; they are meant to represent. Above all else, they must prove faithful.
But that’s not only true when you’ve been asked to announce bad news. That’s also the case when ambassadors are sent to proclaim good news. They aren’t allowed to hold back or to make it sound less exciting than it is. The king sends his ambassadors to shout out good news from the rooftops so that everyone can hear!
What a joy and privilege it is to be the bearer of good news! The beauty and skill of the messenger is insignificant! If the news is good enough, just about anyone will be up to the task of delivering it. All they need to do is be faithful to the message. Ambassadors are to represent.
Christians have good news to proclaim to the world. It’s the best news ever. Through Jesus, God has reconciled the world to himself, not counting people’s sins against them (2 Co 5:19). Death has been conquered forever. Heaven is ours, no strings attached, through faith in Jesus. Eternal life is a certainty. That’s good news.
And whom does God call to proclaim that good news to a world in need of hearing it? Every Christian. They don’t need to be fancy, just faithful, because ambassadors are simply meant to represent.
Dear Jesus, through your Word and Spirit, empower me to believe and proclaim the good news of salvation found only in Jesus. Amen.
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