Bible Reading: Luke 10:1-24
God has made us His Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:2). He sends us into the world to be His representative. As we go…we have been commissioned to tell them about Jesus. Just imagine if every Christian would take this job seriously. The Good News about Jesus would reach the furthest corners of the earth in no time!
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Sergei Skripal was a 66-years-old, former colonel in the Russian military intelligence. He was a real life spy, a secret agent that Russia sent to England. Then, he became a double-agent for England…passing top-secret information about Russia to England’s MI6 (the Secret Intelligence Service of Great Britain) in return for money. When the Russians caught him, he was imprisoned in Russia for 13 years. In 2010, he was part of a spy exchange between Russia and England and had lived in England, ever since.
On Friday, March 4, 2018, Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter, Yulia (who was visiting from Russia), were found unconscious, slumped over a bench by a shopping mall in Salisbury, a city in southwestern England. Scotland Yard (the FBI of England) said that they had been poisoned by a rare nerve toxin (poison) that had been put on the door handle of their home. As a result, they both suffered severe neurological damage and it was uncertain if they would live. Now, a month later, doctors say that both of them are improving and they hope to be released from the hospital sometime, soon. It sounds like a spy movie…a James Bond movie…doesn’t it?
The English government is convinced that the Russian government had murdered them as revenge for Skripal giving the secret information to England. In response, the English government expelled 23 Russian Diplomats (official representatives of the government) who were living in England…but that England said were actually spies. Russia denied that it had anything to do with the deaths of the Skripals. Russia then followed by throwing 23 British Diplomats out of Russia. The United States and England are strong supporters of each other. So, the U.S. threw 60 of Russia’s Diplomats out of the U.S. Guess what Russia did? You got it. They threw the same number of American Diplomats out of Russia. So far, 27 countries have expelled Russia’s Diplomats from their countries. Russia says that for everyone of their Diplomats that a country expels…they will expel the same number of that country’s Diplomats from Russia.
Almost every country in the world has Diplomats that they send to other countries to represent them. When the U.S. sends Diplomats to other countries…they are the official representatives of our government. Our Diplomats work with the Diplomats of the other country to settle disputes, to make deals about trade between the two countries, to make treaties, and to represent our other interests and policies to that country. The highest ranking Diplomat is called an Ambassador. When the Ambassador speaks…it is as if the President of the U.S. himself, is speaking. He has the authority of the President of the United States. He does what the President tells him to do and he says what the President tells him to say.
Did you know that Jesus had Ambassadors? When He sent His disciples out on a mission…they were His Ambassadors. They represented Him. They did what He told them to do and they said what He told them to say. In this chapter of Luke, Jesus sent out 70 of His followers to be His Ambassadors. They were to do and say they the same things that He did and said. And, they were to tell the people that Jesus was coming. Jesus told them that while some people would gladly welcome them…others would not. Regardless of whether the people welcomed them, or not, they were to tell them that the kingdom of God had come to them. That meant that they had been told the truth about Jesus…Who He is and what He had come to do. Then, get this…it was up to those people to decide what to do about Jesus. It wasn’t the responsibility of His followers to decide for them. Their job was to tell them about Jesus. Then, it was up to those who heard to decide what to do.
The Bible says that you and I are also Ambassadors of Jesus. God has sent us out into the world to tell people about Him. Some people will respond positively and some will respond negatively. There are a few very important things you need to keep in mind as you tell them…
- They are responsible for their decision…not you. Regardless of how they respond, you are to keep going. You were not sent to save them, but to tell them about the One Who will save them, Jesus. Then, it’s their decision.
- If someone responds negatively…don’t allow it to influence your attitude, to hurt your feelings. Jesus said that in reality, they didn’t reject you, they rejected Him. And in doing so, they are actually rejecting God.
- If someone responds negatively, don’t allow it to influence how you see other people. You continue in faith…believing that the very next person you tell will respond in a positive way.
- Leave the results in God’s hands. The disciples had done what they had been told to do…now, those people would be responsible to God. Leave the rest up to Him.
Just imagine…you are an Ambassador for Christ. You are His official representative to all of the world. Now, go do what He did and say what He said. Tell the world that the kingdom of God has come to them!
Love you more than bunches and bunches,