Accepting The Invitation To Become An Ambassador For Christ

Accepting The Invitation To Become An Ambassador For Christ

The important of answering His call to represent His goodness.
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“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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NIV)

"We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors."

I remember the first time that I was asked to be an ambassador for a jewelry line. It was a tiny and brand new company (maybe 100 followers) but I was a freshman in high school and basically compared it to Cartier. I didn’t even go through with it because the deal I was given was barely a deal.

I was, however, feeling on top of the world because someone asked ME to represent them. I was chosen by this jewelry maker to show off her designs. Thinking back to how excited I was makes me get a glimpse of understanding into how excited I should be that Christ wants me to represent His design. I have been chosen by the Creator to be an ambassador for Him, demonstrating his love and his goodness to the world around me.

"as though God were making his appeal through us."

Another version of the verse reads, “as though God were pleading through us.” Last week, my church played a scene from Facing the Giants. The coach has a player, his captain, bear crawl across the field, blindfolded with another player on his back. He blindfolds him so that he keeps going until he has absolutely nothing left. The coach encourages and motivates the player has he moves across the field and finally the player can go no further and drops.

He removes the blindfold and realizes that he crawled all the way to the end zone – 50 yards further than he needed to go. The coach tells him, “God’s gifted you with the ability of leadership; don’t waste it.” The scene makes me think of this verse. The coach is pleading with his player to keep going and to give it everything he has. God is relentless in pursuit of his children.

He is pleading through us to keep fighting the good fight because he will give us His strength. He has given us all the ability to lead people to His kingdom. Don’t waste it.

The Creator of the universe has called us to represent him. He has chosen us to show what He has made – to be an ambassador for his design. Be alert and listen for his call because what he has for us is worth fighting for. Fight and keep walking with him until you have absolutely nothing left. Seek him diligently and he will give you everything you need to make it to your end zone. Being a follower of Jesus is difficult but the joy that only He can provide does not compare to the earthly struggles that we will face.

So, take a minute to be excited. Take time out of your busy day to reflect on the fact that Jesus Christ wants you to represent Him. Have the "on top of the world" feeling because you were chosen to show off His work. Then, take another minute to realize that you have to keep fighting. When the feeling of excitement wears off and we realize that this task is not easy, we are tempted to want to take the easy way out. Realize that you must keep going until you have nothing left. The end zone is so worth the fight of making it across the field.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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By Using God To Justify Hate, Christians Are Giving Christianity A Bad Name

I've seen people ask why young adults are straying away from Christianity, and in my opinion, it has to do with the lack of acceptance in the church.

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I grew up in Alabama, so it's no surprise that I grew up in church. I was saved, or baptized, at a young age. I grew up going to church camp, going on mission trips and participating in church activities, such as Thanksgiving lunches and Christmas plays.

As I grew up, I became interested in politics. I began watching public officials, most of whom claim they are Christians, build their platforms by turning down the rights of those in the LGBTQ community, helping the rich get richer, saying Christianity is the only correct religion and wanting to take away healthcare from those who cannot afford it.

The more I noticed these public officials saying things like this, the more I noticed that people who went to church agreed with them. This upset me.

What I was taught about Christianity was that God accepts everyone — no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, social status or economic status. He accepts all.

What I was hearing from churchgoers and those who claimed to be Christians was the exact opposite.

I faced an internal conflict, deciding whether or not I wanted to go to church anymore, much less be a Christian. I didn't want to be labeled as someone who does not accept people for who they are. That's not the person I am.

I didn't want people to think that, if they're in the LGBTQ community, I thought they were going to Hell. I didn't want people to think that, if someone was poor, I thought they did something in life to cause that. I didn't want those of other faiths to think their religion was not valid. I didn't want people who were physically or mentally sick to think I didn't want them to receive help.

So for the past few years, whenever someone asked me if I believed in God, I told them yes, but that I didn't believe in organized religion.

It may come as a shock to some Southerners when I say you don't have to actively be in a church to believe in God. My dad always taught me that you have to sometimes separate God from church. I never fully understood what that meant until I was in that situation.

According to pewforum.org, 66 percent of college graduates surveyed consider themselves Christians, and 25 percent said they do not have a religious affiliation.

I've seen people ask why young adults are straying away from Christianity, and in my opinion, it has to do with the lack of acceptance in the church.

I am a firm believer in the separation of church and state. I believe that in church, you can be taught to love someone no matter who they are and what their situation is. I believe that you can hold your own political morals.

What I don't believe in is using God's name to justify hate toward a certain group of people. And that, in my opinion, is what is giving Christianity a bad name.

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