An ‘ambassador’ is defined in the dictionary as “a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.” I worked with the Institute of International affairs of my country in Africa for eight years in various departments in the institute in the early 1970s, beginning as a Gardner, followed with a Typist position and lastly as a Library Clerk Typist. In addition to this, I also had the grace of working for twenty-five years and four months in the Consulate General office of my country in New York in the accounting department between 1989 and 2015. I want to humbly say that I believe that, at least I have the idea of the job description of the ambassador of my nation because I worked with about six different ambassadors during the period in the Consulate. Projecting from my knowledge of this honorable diplomatic setting office, I want to humbly discuss the responsibilities of ambassador of Christ in the A-M-B-A-S-S-A-D-O-R acronyms below. Please prayerfully consider the discussion because each letter opens the heart of the right-thinking servant of God to the message of the gospel.
A—Able representative of a homeland nation in the host nation.
Ambassadors of a nation is usually a feted and an excellent personality. He is a well-educated person who had undergone many high-level Leadership Training in International Relations. He must have spent a considerable number of years in the Foreign Affairs ministry and Institute of International Affairs of his nation. He must possess the nitty-gritty of International Affairs acumen as a Career Diplomat and capable to respond to the issues of national interests adequately and responsibly with absolute maturity. Usually, he is a person of high integrity, someone with excellent report. Our responsibilities as the Ambassadors of Jesus Christ require certain similar level of spiritual qualifications as detailed below in admonition of Apostle Paul to Timothy saying, “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover, he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:2-7)
M—Mimicking the homeland best characters in the foreign land.
Ambassadors always diplomatically implement the policies of the government of his homeland nation while at the same time maintain a good relationship with the host nation. The system of government of the nation that I worked in her consulate is democratic and none of the ambassadors implemented the communist ideology in the consulate throughout the period I worked in the organization. In the same manner, it is always the practice of the Ambassadors of Jesus Christ to ensure the will of the Kingdom of God be implemented on earth. This reminds me the prayer tutorial of our Lord Jesus Christ to the disciples. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) The implementation of the policy of the Kingdom of God was prophesied by Prophet Daniel saying, “In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will shatter all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44) Is your ambassadorship of Christ implementing the policies and practices of the Kingdom of God? If you have been flowing in the wisdom of the world, learn from the admonition of Paul to the Romans, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Roman 12:2)
B—Bearing the banner of the homeland country in the foreign land.
In every diplomatic mission, the identifiable flag of the nation that differentiate the nation from other nations in the whole world is always conspicuously hoisted on the flag post. You will find the flag in foyer and in the strategic places in the office of the mission. Of course, you will also find it on the official table of the ambassador. The flag will also be hoisted in any gathering that is organized by the diplomatic mission. The flag of every nation is symbolically speaking of the uniqueness, strength, and character of the nation. As an Ambassador of Christ, the banner of the Kingdom of God must be conspicuously seen in your character. You must exhibit the beauty of Christ in your utterances, body language, gestures and expressions. “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” (Colossians 4:6) “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29) You must be well versed in the language of peace, and must make integrity your watch word in your relationships with others, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18) King David was a renowned ambassador of Christ, as a shepherd “he fed them [Israelites] according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.” (Psalm 78:72) If you are Christian only on Sunday but another strange entity with ungodly character for rest of the week, both at home and in the office, you cannot say you are bearing the banner of Christ. If this is the case, perhaps you need to reevaluate your Christ ambassadorship role.
A—Attracting other nationalities with the abundant opportunities in the homeland nation.
Trades and Investments department is one of the important departments in the Diplomatic Missions. This department always exhibits the wealth of the homeland nation with informative trade magazines. In addition to this, the department always invites the nationals of the host nation and other foreigners to attend the art, fashion, tourism and cultural exhibitions. These exhibitions are a piece of diplomatic advertisement that is intended to showcase the wealth of the homeland country in order to attract tourists and to encourage investors to explore investment opportunities in the homeland nation. Trade and Investment Departments provide links of relevant authentic companies for the purpose of enhancing partnerships and trade agreements. The Ambassador of Christ should attract the world around him to invest in peace with the expectation of high return of the fruit of righteousness. “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap the fruit of righteousness. (James 3:18) The world needs to know about the abundance the of rain of blessing if they sow into the Spirit. “The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatian 6:8) The world should be encouraged by the Ambassadors of Christ, to invest in doing good. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatian 6:9)
S—Serving humanity with the aim of making an impact.
Embassies and Consulates render issuance of passports to the nationalities and visas to the foreigners visiting the home country—“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58) Embassies and Consulates of the diplomatic missions always issue and renew passport to the citizens of the homeland nation and issue visa to the foreign nationals that desire to visit the homeland country. The Ambassador of Christ believes that the Kingdom of God is a glorious place to be. Are you facilitating the glorious journey with your services? Are you providing relevant Christian Services such as Retreats, Revivals and Evangelistic Outreaches in order to break the Bread of Life to issue or renew passports of the citizen to facilitate their journey to our precious homeland? Are you providing similar Services of visa issuance with your excellent character and to facilitate smooth transition of the foreign visitors on glorious journey to our homeland country, the Kingdom of God through consistently giving of yourself to prayers and the ministry of the Word?
S—Showcasing the beauty and wealth of a homeland country to the host nation.
Exhibitions is a piece of diplomatic advertisement that is intended to showcase the wealth of the homeland country. We are in the age of branding and packaging. The Ambassador is responsible to brand the character of the nation he is representing as a peaceful and orderly nation. He must reveal to the host nation that the home country has what it takes to blends properly with the acceptable international standards and modus operandi of the comity of the world. The Ambassador of Christ must showcase righteousness because this is the characters of the Kingdom of Heaven. Holiness must be displayed in all the activities of the Ambassador of Christ because it is the way of the life of the children of the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ said to His ambassadors, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
A—Accommodating the people in the host country with excellent characters.
Provision of warm reception and conducive environment for the visitors to the embassy or the consulate always enhance a cordial relationship with the people dwelling in the host country. The Ambassador of Christ should understand that Church of Jesus Christ is the Embassy and the Consulate of the Kingdom of God. The way the envoys of the Kingdom welcome people into the Embassy of Christ’s Kingdom will go a long way to attract more people to the Kingdom of God. At the gate of the Church, the ushers and greeters must be faithful in their responsibilities of being cheerful, warm, friendly and hospitable. The choirs must prayerfully present their renditions of Christian music. The Pastor must prayerfully prepare the sermon of the day and be courageous to boldly preach the whole inclusive message of the word of God. He must present the whole truth in the Bible without fear of the VIPs in the congregation because it may be the last opportunity for the visitor to hear the sound doctrine. The pastor must close his sermon with prayer touching issues that the Spirit of God had laid upon his heart. “I will bring them to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar, for My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations.” (Isaiah 56:7)
D—Diffusing problematic issues with nifty diplomatic truce wisdom.
The earthly ambassador of a nation always employs diplomatic means to resolve international problems and restore peace and harmony between nations with challenging relationships. Paul was reminding the brethren in Corinth about their job description as Ambassadors of Christ saying, “Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20) In the sermon on the Mount, Christ said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9) Christ ambassadors have the responsibility of living in reality of the revelation of the word of God. “Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13) The duty of peace is enormous, it entails sacrifice and it is for dutiful and faithful ambassadors of Christ.
O—Organizing meetings of national interest to the citizens of the homeland.
In order to bring the citizens from the homeland together and to carry them along for the awareness and the advancement of the homeland nation, the ambassador always invites the citizens for various get-together programs. When a prominent citizen is visiting the state, the citizens are invited to have a dinner with august visitor in the Consulate. Prominent among these meetings is the Independence Day parade in the embassy and consulate of the homeland nation. Similarly, God commanded the Israelites, “Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.” (Exodus 23:14) The awesome intention of the Most High God was to fellowship with His people and carried them along in the knowledge of God in the wilderness journey in order to ensure that they do not derail and to assure them that they are not alone in the journey of their lives in those three feasts in a year. The Lord also demanded that His children observe the sabbath in the Old Testament, “It is a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall humble yourselves; it is a permanent statute.” (Leviticus 16:31) In the New Testament, the ambassadors of Christ were told, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25) The Ambassador of God must always find some useful things to do in the gathering of the saints that will encourage togetherness.
R—Reporting on regular basis to the homeland country for feedback and instruction.
The earthly ambassador always provides a feedback concerning the relevant developmental issues discovered in the foreign nation to the home country for consideration and further directives. Prayer is about speaking to our Father in Heaven. Prayer encompasses worshiping of God Almighty at the same time accommodates our heartfelt petitions. It is during our prayer that the Ambassador of Christ provides a spiritual feedback to the Kingdom of our Father in Heaven in order to receive a spiritual directive. Daniel, a faithful Ambassador of the Lord was confronted with a perplexing issue in Babylon, “he made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. (Daniel 3:17-19) The heavenly promise of the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to Christ’s ambassadors had been revealed, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) Because the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven have been given to us, like Daniel, we shall not be put to shame. “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. (Job 22:28) Remember, if you do not sow you cannot expect harvest, if there is no decree in prayer, there will be no manifestation of the divine intervention. Therefore, pray until something happens for the glory of God.
Prayer: Oh Heavenly Father, it always pays to serve You Father, because You are always with us if we faithfully do our part. Heavenly Father, make me Your faithful, active, and dutiful servant in my job description as Your ambassador in your vineyard. Grant me the grace to be consistent and diligent in your vineyard Oh Merciful Father. Endow me the grace to render my utmost best for your glory in Jesus name, Amen.
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