AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST

Kevin McIntoshBY: Kevin McIntosh

E-MAIL ADDRESS: kevin@kevinmcintosh.com

BIBLE TEXT: Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 (Holman Christian Standard Bible, HCSB)

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Early in my walk with the Lord, given the choice between sharing my faith and walking on a bed of hot coals, I’d easily have taken the fire walk. However, as I’ve grown in my faith, I’ve come to realize a few things. One, sharing the Gospel isn’t truly an option if we are Christ’s followers in the sense that it’s actually a command given by the Lord. And two, it doesn’t have to be scary. It should be a natural part of our faith walk. We are ambassadors for Christ. That is a great privilege.

Recently, I was filling my car with gasoline at a gas station here in Mt. Juliet. I noticed a young man was filling his radiator with antifreeze. I don’t know why but I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to talk to this man. We began to talk about his car. After a few minutes of talking, I really felt the door opening so I said, “Hey, I don’t know what your background is with church, but I’d love for you to join us tomorrow at Life Assembly.”

He seemed a bit surprised by the invitation, yet also intrigued. He then revealed he’d been in an automobile wreck just two weeks earlier. I said, “So you obviously walked away from the accident. But what if you hadn’t? What if you had died. How sure are you that would have gone to heaven?” His answer revealed he was less than 100 percent sure. It got him thinking. And the next morning, he joined me at church at Life Assembly. I believe the Lord is continuing to work on that young man’s heart.

Then just a few days ago, I was walking down by the Ascend Amphitheater downtown in hopes of getting into a concert featuring several Christian artists. I noticed a young man walking in the same direction. I asked if he was going to the concert. He said, “No, who’s playing?” I told him it was a Christian concert and asked if he was a believer. He shrugged his shoulders as if to say, “I’m not sure.” As events turned out, I didn’t go to the concert. Instead, I invited that young man to join me for a bite to eat that night. We talked for about an hour. During that time, he shared he came from what he called “a devout family,” and when he left home for college, he hadn’t continued to pursue his faith. However, I believe the Lord is still pursuing him. So I shared with the young man about the Gospel and explained why we all need Jesus.

The next day, he joined me for lunch before he headed to the airport to fly back home. We had a great conversation. As we parted ways, I gave him a pocket New Testament and said, “Please read this. Its message changes life. It’s changed mine. It can change yours.” In both instances with these young men, I don’t recall a single moment that felt awkward for me or seemingly for the other person, which is why I feel all the more certain those were divine appointments. Appointments God ordained to show up and be an ambassador for Christ.

PERSONAL APPLICATION: The Lord wants you to be an ambassador for Christ too and He will put people in your path who you can influence. It may be your server at a restaurant. In fact, I’ve heard dozens of stories from friends who have shared the Lord with a server and seen a positive response. It may be a repairman who shows up at your front door. It may be a family member or friend.

As a child of God, you are an ambassador for Christ. What a privilege – the Creator of the universe using you to share the greatest message any one can ever hear: “God loves you and has given his Son, Jesus, so you can have eternal life.”  Let me challenge you to take the first step and ask the Lord for the courage to be His ambassador in the faith, if you haven’t ever before. Then see who the Lord puts in your path.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for the people you put in each of our lives who stepped in and acted as ambassadors for Christ, playing a key role in leading us to a saving faith in Jesus. Let our gratitude now show up in courage to be an ambassador for Christ in the lives of others who have yet to come to know of Your amazing grace and Your unconditional love. All in the name of Jesus, Amen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kevin McIntosh lives in south Mt. Juliet and has attended Life Assembly since December of 2015. He was saved in 1992. He is employed as a full-time writer by an international, faith-based non-profit. He is single and likes to spend his free time hiking, writing and producing songs, and twanging on his Fender Telecaster electric guitar.

Leave a Reply

close window

Service Times & Directions

Sunday Service

10:00am

Sanctuary Service

Children's Ministries

The Broo Cafe

Wednesdays

6:30pm

Seasonal Adult Life Groups

Life Student Ministries (Grades 6-12)

Elementary Age Boys and Girls Classes

Nursery

map
555 Pleasant Grove Road
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
(615) 758-7779