Empowered to be ambassadors of God

Our appointment to be ambassadors for God should not be intimidating to the believer.  It is an unequal partnership with God Himself in His family business — that of kindly reconciling the world to Himself.  Note that it is His involvement that results in fruit from our efforts.  He opens the door.

. . . praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.  Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.   Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”          Colossians 4:3-6

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Our part is to pray, turning the key for God to act, and to speak His truth clearly.  We are to be alert for the opportunities that He provides for us to tell others about Him, and to do it with grace and saltiness.  Some of God’s truth may be surprising to people, contrary to what they had previously thought.  It may challenge their misconceptions and convict them of sin.  And what we say should be appropriate for the present needs of the individual and timing of the moment.

God will provide the words for us to speak, appropriate for the need of the moment.  Our part is to speak it boldly, confident that, despite our feelings of inadequacy, He will use what we say to accomplish His purposes.

and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”                     Ephesians 6:19-20

We speak because we have to.  This is such good news that we just cannot hold it within.  It has changed our lives, and we speak as those back from the dead.

For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died”                                                                                                           2 Corinthians 5:14

Lord, we trust You to make our feeble efforts fruitful for Your kingdom.

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