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May 14 | 2 Corinthians 5:11-21


 

DAILY READING

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

 

REFLECTION


Ambassador to Those I Encounter

by Elaine Pierce


What would it be like if the President called you and say, "I'd like to appoint you as one of my key ambassadors. Please choose the country you'd like to represent." I would spend a lot of time dreaming about where I would like to go, wouldn't you? I'm thinking somewhere warm...or maybe an English-speaking country so I can talk to people...maybe somewhere with beautiful scenery... it's fun to daydream about something that will never happen - to me at least.

In today's passage, Paul tells the members of the church in the city of Corinth that they have been designated Christ's ambassadors (v. 20). And what is our role as his ambassadors? It is to persuade men and women that Christ died for all - take a look at how he describes this in verse 15.


"And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."


US Ambassadors live in foreign countries and help maintain a positive relationship between the US and the host country. As Christ's ambassadors, we are called to be in the world but not of the world. (John 17:14) Ambassadors are tasked with negotiating on behalf of their government, but they don't operate autonomously: they represent the wishes of their presiden