The Ambassador’s Call

If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly king be considered a sacrifice? David Livingston

This does not just apply to a commission to go to a remote country as a missionary, although that is the case for those He calls to such a country and vocation. This applies to every single one of us in every single area of our lives. We are all called, or commissioned, to live forth a triumphant life in Christ, a life that brings Him glory in every area. We are all ambassadors of our God, and the job of an ambassador is to represent the One who sent him or her.

Are we looking at God’s commandments, God’s Word, God’s Truth,  as some annoying duty that distracts us from our “real life”?

Is our relationship with Him merely a “get-out-of-hell-free” card?

Does His existence affect our lives about as much as Henry the VII’s existence–that is, we know of his existence, but he doesn’t affect our lives? Is he like Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox? A cute story, but hardly life-changing.

Or are we looking at God’s commandment, God’s Word, God’s Truth as essential ingredients of our “real life”–do we see that the life we have in Christ is the “real life”, and anything else is weak and temporal?

Even if we went to hell at the end of the road because we deserve it, would we have a relationship with Him and serve Him, simply because He is worthy?

Is our entire existence radically transformed and defined by the existence of and intimate fellowship with God?

This is the commission of our heavenly King: to live each and every moment surrendered to His will, having His Spirit, that we might understand more of His surpassing greatness, and that others might see and come to know His boundless love.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. ” (Ephesians 1:18-19a)

Alex Ehrhardt

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Published in: on May 12, 2009 at 9:43 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. The “fire Insurance” phenomenon is so relevant. It could be asked – “If that is all a person is after………are they really insured?” Can Christ be your Savior – but not your Lord? A carpenter friend of mine says “no”.

    Doesn’t mean we don’t fall – even if He is our Lord, but God knows the heart; A frightening and freeing thing.

  2. There you go again … convicting our socks off. 😉


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