Thursday, September 15, 2022



"Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19

Hello Friends:

     Welcome to the website. I’m variating away from the Discipleship Point posts this week because of a scripture passage that I felt was a very important one at this time. I entitled it simply, “Ambassadors for Christ!”.
     Many people these days are advocating for believers to be verbally silent about our faith, and just let our lives do the talking. Their favorite quote is from St. Francis of Assisi who said, “Do all you can to preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words." I won’t go against St. Francis of Assisi as a Christian believer, and I certainly don’t know exactly the context of his quote. But I think 2 Corinthians 5:20 refutes the notion of never using words to share the gospel. It states, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”
     Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “ambassador” as the following: "An authorized representative or messenger." Synonyms for ambassador are the following: agent, delegate, emissary, envoy, legate, minister.
     Many of you remember Shirley Temple as a child movie star in the 1930s. She was the biggest box office attraction during that time. Ms. Temple retired from acting in 1950 at the age of 22. She then did a variety of other jobs, but after sharing an interest in politics she was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations in 1969. Then after several other political appointments, she was appointed as an American ambassador to Ghana, and later to Czechoslovakia.
     Shirley Temple’s three main duties as an ambassador living in Ghana and Czechoslovakia were the following:
  1. Protect American citizens living in or visiting Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
  2. Support trade and prosperity between America and Ghana or Czechoslovakia.
  3. Work for goodwill and peace between America and Ghana or Czechoslovakia.
     To perform these three main duties, it’s impossible to entertain the idea that Shirley Temple never verbally talked on behalf of America about American beliefs, ideals, and political positions.
     Likewise, as “ambassadors for Christ” in Christ’s kingdom, we should be always verbally advocating or “pleading on Christ’s behalf” for others. Our main plea to them is, “Be reconciled to God.” After they are reconciled to God they can expect His protection, His provision, and His goodwill and peace.

Until I see you next time keep sharing the wonderful love of Jesus,

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