A few weeks ago, I wrote about how we are called to be ambassadors for Christ. We are to carry out His mission of reconciliation that brought us to faith in Christ. When we become followers of Jesus, we are sent on a mission. We are sent on the same mission that Jesus was sent. Jesus tells his disciples, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you” (John 20:21). Likewise, Paul writes to the Corinthians that God reconciled us to Himself and, “he has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).
So now we live out the mission that God has given us. This is not something reserved for “missionaries” or “ministers,” but instead this is something for all believers. We are all missionaries and ministers, though not by vocation.
I think that it’s easy for us to recognize that we are on a mission and that the church has a mission. Jesus came to save the world and we attest to that because we have been saved. Then after salvation, we cheer on the church and stand for its mission, but fail to live out the mission ourselves. It’s like being drafted to play for a pro sports team, but you attend every game as a fan. You were called to be an active participant in the team, but instead sit back watch the action.
The call of the follower of Christ is to be an active participant in the mission of the church. When writing to the believers scattered throughout the world, Peter told his readers, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). Peter is declaring that there is no longer a special set of people set aside to carry out the work of God in the world, we all are priests in God’s kingdom who are to declare the praises of God.
We have been made ambassadors and given a mission. This sounds like a daunting task, but just a few verses later Peter gives us a directive for how to start living this out, “Live honorably among the outsiders so that, even when some may be inclined to call you criminals, when they see your good works, they might give glory to God when He returns in judgment.” (1 Peter 2:12, The Voice)
Now that we belong to Christ, we are sent to the world. Being sent begins with submitting our daily lives to the mission of Christ. The message of reconciliation, the Gospel, is embodied in our lives on a daily basis. The challenge then is whether or not our lives reflect the Gospel. Are we intentionally living our lives full of the grace that we received from Jesus Christ? Do we reflect the life that Jesus lived while he was on earth?
What changes do you need to make so that even those who don’t believe in Jesus notice the different life that you live?