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Ambassadors for Christ

Ambassadors for Christ

I didn’t consider how fervently some of the people we minister to would pray for my family. I shouldn’t have been surprised. When God’s Spirit works in a heart, there is a new creation. The old has gone. The new has come.

So why didn’t I expect it? At the time of the tragedy, we weren’t thinking about how others would react. We most certainly weren’t expecting that word of our family’s tragedy would travel into the prisons or that incarcerated brothers and sisters in Christ would join those who grieved with our family.

The Word of God that was shared with us, the prayers, the hugs, the cards, the tender care expressed over and over again were amazing. Discovering that some of the people we serve were in turn serving us with their prayers was extraordinary.

While losing a grandchild this past November caused our holiday celebrations to be greatly subdued, it has also given richer, deeper meaning to the Gospel. An old African-American hymn says it well:

There's a light in the valley of death now for me,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

And the gates of the City beyond I can see,

Since Jesus came into my heart!

Sometimes, the people our ministry serves feel like they are living in the valley of the shadow of death. Yet, while their lives are often difficult, they know this truth: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Co. 5:21).

Now God has given them, as well as all of us, a special role. Each one of us has a vocation. We are ambassadors for Christ and God wants us to share the message of Christ’s love with the people around us. Here is how God ties these thoughts together:

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:17-21).

We are all Christ’s ambassadors. May God use us powerfully to break Satan’s chains, to shine light into darkness, and to reveal Christ everywhere we go.

Pastor Philip Henselin

Executive Director

 

 

 

Ministry Behind the Walls

Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry by shining the light of Jesus’ love into hearts.