2 Corinthians 5:20-21 reads, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: ‘Be reconciled to God.’ He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The definition of an ambassador is “A person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.” In the case with 2 Corinthians 2:20, I believe it would be safe to say a representative or promoter of someone and not an activity. As we look at these two verses we see that as believers we are not called to be, elected, or even commissioned to be ambassadors, but that we are ambassadors. This means that if we are Christ’s we are His representation here on earth, it’s not an option, but rather a title. This means we do not have a choice in this, if we are a Christian we are by nature also Christ’s ambassador.
When we follow this logic out, I believe we must ask ourselves the question, am I a good representation of Christ here on earth? Questions that should be in the back of our minds is, how am I representing Christ in my marriage, to my family, to my friends, to my co-workers, to the hostess at the restaurant, to the people in the coffee shop, to the random stranger on the street, to the person using a million coupons in line in front of me, and to my enemy? As humans we won’t be a perfect representation, but we can’t use that as an excuse or cop out, because although we are broken and tainted by sin, we also have the Holy Spirit residing in us. Will we fail at times to be a good representation of Christ? Of course, but we must lean on the Holy Spirit and be mindful of how we are portraying our Savior, Jesus, to the world!
As we think about being ambassadors for Christ, we must never forget it is a privilege we enjoy, and we must not forget why we have this opportunity in the first place. We find this in second part of these verse, “He made the one (Jesus) who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” What a great privilege it is to be an ambassador for Christ, but let us never forget the cost, and let us be a great representation of Him!