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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
An ambassador is an official representative of one country to another. As believers, we are Christ’s ambassadors, sent with his message of reconciliation to the world. An ambassador of reconciliation has an important responsibility. We dare not take this responsibility lightly. How well are you fulfilling your commission as Christ’s ambassador? (NLT)
2 Corinthians 5:15-21 – He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them.
So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now! What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, he reconciled to God. –2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV)
Maaradzo E. Mutambara’s (Manicaland, Zimbabwe) story is titled “A GOOD REPRESENTATIVE;” here is a portion of Maaradzo’s story:
“Years ago, six of my relatives and I accompanied another relative to her in-laws’ home after her wedding. . . . Anesu, in his early twenties, represented the father. After we fulfilled our responsibility, one elder commented that Anesu was a good representative.
“This made me wonder what makes a good representative. From this experience, I learned that a representative has authority from the one they represent, carries the interests of the one they represent, and knows well the one they represent. These same qualities make us good ambassadors for Christ. We derive our authority from Jesus Christ; we represent Christ’s interests and concerns as described in scripture, and we know Christ through prayer and worship. I am a good representative when I cease to live for myself and live for Christ.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I represent God well today?
Prayer: Dear God, help us to know you more fully so that we can be true and faithful representatives of you wherever we go. Amen.
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