By Patrick Hawthorne
So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God.
(2 Corinthians 5:20 Amplified)
When the Lord drops something in your heart, it is best to take note and to follow His direction. That is how it has been with me and learning the lesson of being an ambassador for Christ. As I wrote in The Ambassador to the King (Part 1), personal opinion has no place in communicating the message of the King. The ambassador is to speak only the interests of the King. In this case, the King is Jesus and His directive is His Word. To offer my personal opinion as fact when speaking on behalf of the King is to add to or take away from His Word. That is a serious offense, one I am not willing to test.
The second point I would like to present is this…God knows what He is doing and does not need my help to figure out how things will work out. As an ambassador, it is neither my job nor my responsibility to figure out the fine and minute details of the plans of the King. My job is to stop, to wait, to listen, and then to go in order to communicate the message that my King wishes to communicate.
Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will Be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 Amplified)
If our Heavenly Father feels so inclined to provide the small details of His overall plan, then that is certainly His business. However, I know with full certainty that He is not up in heaven wringing His hands and wondering if He should call on me for my opinion. He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the ALMIGHTY! He is omniscient meaning that He knows the end of the story from the beginning.
The third point I would like to make is that the job of the ambassador is to wait in the presence of the King until empowered. The ambassador is not a free agent with a personal agenda. For the ambassador to strike out on their own is to fall victim to walking in their own strength and their own power. Their reputation might carry them for a small period of time, but eventually they will come crashing down.
A while back the Lord dropped into my heart Isaiah 40:31. “They that WAIT upon the Lord…” For years I have been fascinated by that word, ‘wait.’ The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ is qavah (kaw-vaw) which comes from a primitive root meaning to bind together (perhaps by twisting.) From that word, I picture two cords, one very frail which represents me, and one unbreakable representing Jesus. Apart from Jesus, I am easily broken. But bound together with Him, I am unbreakable. Why? It is because I have taken on His strength and His power. With that thought in mind, I was pleasantly surprised when I explored Young’s Literal Translation for Isaiah 40:31.
“But those expecting Jehovah pass to power…” I love that. When we wait – bind together with, in full expectation – with our Heavenly Father, we pass from our strength and our power to His strength and His power. It is no longer “I,” but Christ Jesus living in me. I will further explore this third point in my next article, “The Ambassador to the King (Part 3). Until then, be blessed.