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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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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5 Reasons Jesuit Teachings Apply To Your Life

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Oh, the acclaimed Jesuits. The Catholic order renowned for their emphasis on education and their attention to social justice. Jesuits (or the Society of Jesus), however, also promote specific values that are applicable in the changing times we live in. After four years at a Jesuit high school, I took away these lessons from what I learned in the Jesuit tradition.

1. Discernment

It is so necessary for everyone - children, teens, and adults - to have a solid foundation for a decision-making process. Today, we are faced with more choices than ever and can become so caught up in the short-term results that we lose sight of important factors along the way. The Jesuit value of discernment aims to take into consideration each possibility and to truly reflect on each option as honestly as possible. This decision-making process of recognizing and reflecting is an essential step that not only advocates for Ignatian spirituality, but also for a healthier mindset.

2. Finding God in all things

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3. Magis

"More." To be magis is to be above the status quo - which may be hard, especially for young people in the social media age we are in, however it is so heavily pushed in the Jesuit tradition because it is a call to not only be more, but to love more. It is so easy to find fault with others, but the Jesuit idea of magis pushes for us to look past our differences and reflect on our own need for love. We must keep in mind this mission to love more in all that we do.

4. Cura personalis

"Care for the Whole Person." In the society we live in, we often forget to keep in mind our need for health - and not just physical. We forget that our mental, emotional, and spiritual health are just as important. In our social media and political-focused society, it is important to remember that we must, first and foremost, take into consideration our personal health in mind, body, and spirit in order to fully engage in our world.

5. Men and women with and for others

Most, if not all, organized religions strive for this concept: serving the less fortunate. The way Jesuits differ in this ideal is that even though we are called to serve those who are less fortunate and give to those who need it, we are also called, at the same time, to stand with these people in their struggles. And while many religious orders present this common theme of solidarity, Jesuits make it a point that it is not enough to give to charity and look at "the poor" as people to throw money and volunteering time at, it is imperative that, by standing with these groups, we reflect on our own lives and how we can fix social structures to make life better for everyone.

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