Like me, you’re probably sick of all the negative news! It’s a by-product of the fallen, sin-sick world that we are colonizing for heaven. I feel more an alien, a stranger, in this world than ever before! Yet, I am an ambassador for Christ, and so are you.
We have Good News, GREAT NEWS!
Peter, near the end of his amazing life gave us a formula for sharing the Gospel in 3 sentences in his 1st letter, chapter 3, verse 15:
- “Set apart Christ in your heart as Lord.”
- “Always be prepared to give the answer to anyone who asks you about the hope that you have.”
- “Do this with gentleness and respect.”
Peter teaches me that without Christ as Lord, nothing happens in or through my life for His glory. I need to reaffirm the lordship of Jesus every day! THEN, I am living the Gospel! THEN, I can share the Gospel with gentleness and respect, as an ambassador of heaven.
I am constantly watchful for God moments in normal, everyday life. When they occur; when I have a God led opportunity to share Jesus, this is my favorite thing to do: I LISTEN!
How can I share the Gospel if I don’t know the person’s perspective? I ask questions and listen. THEN, a person can relate to the Good News that I have to share.
Gregory Koukl wrote a wonderful book called TACTICS. The sub-title is A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. I encourage you all to add it to your arsenal of tools to use in Kingdom work. Greg concludes his book with THE AMBASSADOR’S CREED.
“An ambassador is …
- Ready. An ambassador is alert for chances to present Christ and will not back away from a challenge or an opportunity.
- Patient. An ambassador won’t quarrel, but will LISTEN in order to understand, then with GENTLENESS will seek to RESPECTFULLY engage those who disagree.
- Reasonable. An ambassador has informed convictions (not just feelings), gives reasons, ASKS QUESTIONS, aggressively seeks answers, and will not be stumped by the same challenge twice.
- Tactical. An ambassador adapts to each unique person and situation, maneuvering with wisdom to challenge bad thinking, presenting truth in an understandable and compelling way.
- Clear. An ambassador is careful with language and will not rely on Christian lingo nor gain unfair advantage by resorting to empty rhetoric.
- Fair. An ambassador is sympathetic and understanding toward others and will acknowledge the merits of contrary views.
- Honest. An ambassador is careful with the facts and will not misrepresent another’s view, overstate his own case, or understate the demands of the Gospel.
- Humble. An ambassador is provisional in his claims, knowing that his understanding of truth is fallible. He will not press a point beyond what his evidence allows.
- Attractive. An ambassador will act with grace, kindness, and good manners. He will not dishonor Christ in his conduct.
- Dependent. An ambassador knows that effectiveness requires joining his best efforts with God’s power.”
Yes, most of the news today is bad! But, God can use it to open opportunities for us to share the Good, the GREAT News about Jesus!