“Now then, we are ambassadors of Christ…” -2 Corinthians 5:20a
Our God is a God of love. In fact, He is love (1 John 4:8). There are hundreds of verses in the Bible that declare His fervent love for us (John 3:16, Psalms 136:26, Romans 5:8). But even though God has shown us His love in so many ways, many people, bChristians and non-Christians, have asked themselves the same question: “If God loves us so much, why does He seem to not care about the pain in the world or do anything about it?” Maybe you have even asked yourself this question. But, the truth is, God hurts more over the pain and brokenness of the world than anyone. He burns with anger when He sees evil ruin the lives of so many people. He cries in sorrow when He sees little children starving in Africa, babies aborted in America, and orphans all over the world without homes. His heart breaks over the thousands of people who have never even heard that He died for them and loves them with all His heart. Yes, God does care…more that we could ever comprehend.
And while His heart breaks for all the lost, broken, and hurting people, we ask Him why He does nothing, not even realizing that He has. He has done something about all of it: He has asked us to be His voice that cries out for the lost. To be His hands that reach out to the broken. To be His feet that brings the joyful news of the gospel to a lost world. Eric Ludy wrote on his website, Brave Hearted Christian, “Our God is not passive at all, and certainly not unfeeling. He has entrusted His children here on earth with the job of expressing His indignation, His compassion, His generosity, and His love here in this physical world.”
People get stuck in a rut of thinking that being the hands and feet of Jesus means to simply go to church and abstain from anything unholy. But it means so much more than that! We are God’s representatives. It is our job to show the world who God is by expressing His sorrow over sin and love for the lost. So if we do nothing to stop things like abortion, starvation, and the growing number of people who don’t know Jesus, we are letting the world believe that God doesn’t care. And by letting the world believe that, we would be failing at representing who God is.
2 Corinthians 5:20a says, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ…” The notes describe ambassador as “a messenger representing the King of heaven.” Today, I challenge everyone (including myself) to be a messenger who represents who our King really is. To take a stand against the things God hates, and to live our lives devoted to the things He loves. To show the world that our God does care about His people by loving them ourselves. God has called us to be His representatives, so let’s get out there and be one.