I just love a fresh start, don’t you? Whether it’s a new day, a new week or a new journaling bible there is just so much potential! So on this brand new Monday I am cracking open a new journaling bible and getting busy with Elaine Davis’ Applause Journal Kit and corresponding Applause Patterned Paper Bundle available in the Print & Pray Shop. Ready?!
I used the suggested verses included with Elaine’s set to find my inspiration and landed in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20. I especially love verse 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.”
Sometimes I’ll read something and think- oh yea, I know what that means, moving on! For instance, we know that political ambassadors typically live in embassies in foreign countries and brands have ambassadors to promote their product. But today I wanted to linger a bit longer and really look at what it means to be an ambassador. Especially if, as a Christian, I am now Jesus’ ambassador. Wanna geek out with me for a minute?
An ambassador works to build relations. She is appointed by the leadership she represents. She lives in one country but is responsible to another. She uses her sphere of influence to spread a message. Sound familiar?
I love what Paul Tripp has to say about the lifestyle of an ambassador for Christ, “We represent God’s purposes to the people He places in our lives. The primary question on our minds should be: ‘How can I best represent the King in this place with this particular person?'”
Girlfriend, once you have been transformed into a new creation in Christ, you have been given the Holy Spirit and appointed a royal ambassador for Jesus! What an amazing honor! But before you shrink back and think “me?!?” let me reassure you that you do not need a big ol’ platform to proclaim God’s message of reconciliation! Sure, He might give you one, but take a look at who is in your sphere of influence right where you are. Your friends and classmates at school, your coworkers, your kids, their friends, their parents or your grandkids- and I’m sure you could think of way more!
How can you use your voice, paintbrush or pen for His glory today?