Through my work to fight human trafficking, I have been privileged to meet two of the ambassadors who head up the State Department’s office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. They are actually designated as Ambassadors-at-Large, which enables them to represent the United States government as it relates with any country around the world in their efforts to combat human trafficking. When a representative from another country is discussing their efforts to fight human trafficking with our Ambassador-at-Large, that representative is relating directly with our federal government.
What a privilege it is for us as followers of Jesus to be named as ambassadors for Christ. It means that as we interact with people who do not know Jesus, we are an official representative of Jesus. We can tell them about Jesus, we can lead them to Jesus. We can answer questions about Him, and connect them with Him. Through our words and our actions, we have the privilege of portraying what Christ can do with a life dedicated to Him.
There is always a risk when an ambassador is chosen. Since that person is an official representative of a government, they may say the wrong thing or embarrass the other country, thus causing relations between those two countries to suffer.
Jesus is also taking a risk when He chooses us to represent Him to the world. Once we are identified with Christ, those who do no know Him will carefully observe us and will make their judgment of Christ based more upon our actions than upon our words. We each have the opportunity to make either a positive or negative impression on someone regarding Christ.
As Christian physicians, our role as Ambassadors of Christ is especially important because of how visible we are to those around us. Our patients and staff look up to us and are carefully watching us. If we have identified ourselves with Christ, our words and actions reflect upon Christ, either positively or negatively. We should therefore make every effort to relate to others in such a way as to leave a positive impression of Christ with them.
Prayer: Jesus, help me be an effective Ambassador for you throughout this day!