“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” – (I Peter 2:9)
Our theme scripture tells us who we are and immediately goes on to say what we should do. We are special to God; he redeemed us from darkness through Christ. Hence, we are to ‘show forth’ (announce, celebrate, display, publish) his praises!
This is undoubtedly the major responsibility we have as sons of God- to tell the world about Christ and what he has done. Indeed, we are emissaries of Christ; we represent his interests all the way.
There are four characteristics of ambassadors we will consider in comparison with our role as Christ’s Ambassadors.
Firstly, ambassadors proudly display the badge of their home country wherever they find themselves. Regardless of where we are or what season we are in, our identity does not change.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” (Philippians 2:15)
Secondly, ambassadors are sent with a definite mission- in most cases to broker peace between two nations. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation to restore the lost back to Christ. We must do this diligently. (II Corinthians 5:18-19)
Thirdly, ambassadors are special people. You may have noticed how they enjoy certain privileges in the receiving countries as well as at home.
Friends, although this is not our motivation to work, we are assured of a great reward both here and for eternity. What better mission to be part of than this?
Fourthly, there is an expiration date for every diplomatic mission an ambassador embarks on. As believers, we understand that we are pilgrims here on earth and when we check out (in local parlance) of this world, we are going home to reign eternally with our Father and King.
Therefore, we must take our responsibility seriously because we will account for our works.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 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 gentle reminder- Keep shining for Christ. Do not relent till the whole world hears about him.