Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17

“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead” (Galatians 1:1 NIV)

Once, while we lived in Norway, we needed new passports. In that we were Swedish we had to visit the Swedish Embassy in Oslo and present our applications there. An embassy is a piece of the homeland abroad. And an ambassador is a person who represents the homeland and looks out for its citizens and its interests abroad.
As Christians we should be ambassadors for the Kingdom of God on earth. Our homes should be embassies, where people could come and get their heavenly passports. They get their citizenships as they are born again, i.e. when they are saved.
Paul knew that he was an ambassador – an apostle and he knew that he represented God himself, when he wrote the letter to the Galatians. An ambassador cannot speak for himself. He always represents the one who sent him. He has his written instruction in how to act and what to say in accordance with the rules. For us - God’s ambassadors - the Word of God is the guiding principle for our service as ambassadors.

Lord, I pray that I shall remember this day, that I am an ambassador for your Kingdom. Help me to be a worthy representative in everything that I will encounter today.

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