2 Corinthians 5:20 - Ambassadors for Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT) So we are 
Christs ambassadors; God is making his appeal 
through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 
Come back to God!  


We are pictured as ambassadors for Christ. 
Ambassadors are a small but important class of people. 
They go wherever they are sent to represent their 
government. Often they must venture into a culture that 
differs greatly from their own. Their work demands 
tact and diplomacy, as well as frankness and 
courage. Their duty is to guard jealously the 
interests and the reputations of their home country. 
What a fitting metaphor for those who represent 
the kingdom of heaven! Adult SS Quarterly 
Sep. 19, 2004  


God's Best Commercial
   Can you guess the most watched TV show 
ever in the United States? The answer is the 
Super Bowl. Which one? you ask. Super Bowls are 
old pros at setting records. Super Bowl XLIV 
(that's forty-four for you non-Romans) witnessed the 
New Orleans Saints defeating the Indianapolis 
Colts. The Saints not only won their first 
championship, but also helped break a record for most 
watched show - with 106.5 million viewers - that had 
stood since 1983 when 106 million people saw the 
final episode of M.A.S.H. (ask your parents about 
this popular TV show that ran from 1972 to 1983). 
The 2011 Super Bowl garnered 111 million 
viewers. And the 2012 Super Bowl did even better with 
111.3 million people tuning in. The 2013 Super 
Bowl dropped down to 108 million viewers, but is 
still one of the all-time most seen shows. 
   While footballs championship game can be 
exciting, a lot of people watch for the commercials. 
Advertisers often bring out their best and funniest 
commercials for the Super Bowl. And they'd better, 
because it costs big money to appear during the big 
game. For a thirty-second spot during the 2012 
Super Bowl, companies paid $3.5 million! Of 
course, advertisers know what they're doing. During 
many shows, the commercials get skipped or muted. 
But fans actually turn up their sets to see 
Super Bowl advertisements. 
   Companies know the power of a good ad. 
During a 2012 playoff game between the Denver 
Broncos and New England Patriots, the Christian 
ministry Focus on the Family paid for a commercial 
that featured children reciting John 3:16. 
Millions watched as kids told them God loved them so 
much that he sent his only Son to die so they 
could have eternal life. 
   Commercials to promote Christianity 
aren't limited to TV screens. You are God's best 
commercial. Second Corinthians 5:20 says, "We are 
therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were 
making his appeal through us." God wants us to be a 
walking commercial for him. Commercials effectively 
tell a message in a little bit of time. We should 
do the same. 
   Think about your words and actions in the 
last week. When people spent time with you, what 
message did they receive? Were you kind? Did you put 
others needs above your own? As you live your life 
for Jesus, remember that people are watching to 
see what it means to be a Christian. So always 
be thinking: What can I do to be a powerful 
walking commercial for God? [Case For Christ For 
Kids by Les Strobel] 


   Our King is on a mission. He isn't 
content with the current population of His realm. 
There are people who were designed to relate to 
Him who nevertheless are at odds with Him and 
standing outside His domain. Many kings would let 
them go, but not ours. He's a rescuer at heart. 
He will pursue the ones who can still respond 
to Him. He will gather all He intends to 
   How does He do that? Through us. The 
sovereign God could reach them entirely on His own, 
but He has decreed another way. He has 
commissioned His own citizens to build bridges - even to 
be the bridges - of reconciliation between Him 
and those who don't know Him. Why? Perhaps 
because long ago in a garden, He designed those in 
His image to steward His creation. A tempter 
exploited that privileged position, but the mandate 
hasn't changed. Human beings are still the stewards 
of this planet's welfare. Whether or not that's 
the reason, the mission is clear. God's people 
are His ambassadors, and He has never offered a 
plan B. Those who have been reconciled become the 
carriers of reconciliation. We make appeals as though 
God Himself were working through us. Because He 
   The reconciled are meant to be an 
everexpanding community because we are called to be 
representatives of the rescuing God. Not all of us take on 
that mission, but the mission still stands. Paul 
emphasized that Christ's love compelled him to pursue 
the yet-to-be-reconciled in our world, implying 
that if we've experienced that love for ourselves 
and sensed it for others, well be compelled 
to do the same. And he's right; the more we 
bask in the love of the Lord, the less we're able 
to keep it to ourselves. Kingdom ambassadors 
are driven by the heart of the King. [The One 
Year Heaven On Earth Devotional by Chris 

   Our six-year-old twin grandsons are 
playing T-ball this year. One plays shortstop, and 
he knows there is almost always a force out at 
second base. When he gets the ball, which is often, 
he runs right to second base. Sometimes he gets 
there first, and the runner is out. Other times 
the runner gets there first and is safe. The 
interesting thing is that no matter who gets there 
first, my grandson's reaction is always the same - 
sheer joy! With hands raised in the air, he jumps 
up and down, as proud as he can be just to be 
in the game. 
   What a lesson for me! Why can't I be 
joyful even when things don't go the way I want 
them to? James, the brother of Jesus, said that 
we should consider it all joy when we face 
trials and tribulations. James acknowledges that 
there will be stumbles, setbacks, and some lack of 
success in every race. But the important thing is 
that God has chosen us to be in the game! 
   No one but Jesus plays a perfect game. 
But because he did, we are all winners. Thats 
a lot to be joyful about. 
   Father God, thank you for choosing me to 
play on your team. It is the greatest thrill of 
my life. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate 
Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny Baker] 


God is not saving the world; it is done. Our 
business is to get men and women to realize it. 
Oswald Chambers 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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