We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors. 2 Cor 5:20
Although sensitive to the customs of the society in which he works, an ambassador is not a member of
that society. He represents a different culture, a different outlook, and a different set of interests. His
purpose is to represent and communicate the policies of his government.
As Christians, we are called to represent Jesus Christ in every situation. We must continually ask
ourselves, “How does God want me to relate to this person?”, “What is God’s will in this place?” Often
this can mean giving up our right to our own ways, our own opinions, our own way of doing things and
becoming “all things to all people ”( 1Cor 9.22) in order to fulfill purposes of God.
When the experienced missionary William Burns saw how young Hudson Taylor’s Chinese dress gave
him access to the Chinese people, he felt obliged to do the same, in spite of the criticism and ridicule
from other westerners. They had to break with convention and convenience in order to reach the
Chinese. They represented the heavenly kingdom, where their (and our) home really is.
“Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be
called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Heb 11:16)