28 Dec AMBASSADORIAL FOJS
Thank God for October! The month marked a milestone in the nation’s history. As we remember God’s faithfulness to us as Nigerians this month our conduct must exude Christ. Being Ambassadors For Christ simply involves being true representatives for Christ. The Church at Corinth got the nudge by the Apostle to show Christ through their living for others to emulate.
We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
As I lay rest to this POT Series, one thing the Lord will want his house to remain for is representing him well every time, anywhere and at any cost. Friends of Jesus, being an ambassador for Christ will only become real when we truly walk in the Father’s light, ride on his wings and wait upon him every time. Isa 40:31
How well do we represent Christ in our daily living? What manners do we exhibit to our course mates, roommates and lecturers? Are they replica of the father’s attitude?
What will Jesus do? This question must always rule your mind at every given time concerning every issue. Will Jesus refuse to take the honorable path of receiving insults from a naughty roommate and talk back fire for fire? Will our Father stoop low to sell her priced assets for #2.50k for any man?
What will Jesus do in an examination hall where everyone is blank and results to micro-chips for help? As Christians, when confronted with these challenges we tend to “drop the bible” and want to “face the reality”. Lord have Mercy on us. It is then you see a Spirit-filled brother who just led the house in a thunderous prayer session turning the pages of his text book for answers in MIC 401. Ah! How can you be for Christ and the devil? What is the relationship?
Those of the world know those who are for Christ. They are watching to see how well what you preach is replicated in your dealings with them. No wonder when we fumble, you hear them say: “I thought you were a Pastor!”
An ambassador is a representative. In Nigeria, there are ambassadors sent out to the nation’s embassies in other countries to serve as the point man for the nation. Whatever the person does over there now becomes generalized. If the individual is known to cut corners, it will be generalized that citizens of the nation he represents does such.
Currently, the image of Nigeria by the countries of the world is that of a “bunch of 419ers” and “internet fraudsters (Yahoo-Yahoo)”. Why is this notion so? It is because few Nigerians have acted in such manner duping and deceiving foreigners and as such denting the nation’s reputation.
This also applies to our representing Christ. As Christians, if anyone amongst the flock depicts an anti-Christ attitude, the whole is affected. Galatians 5:9 says: “A little leaven leavens the whole lump(NKJV). The little evil deed by a member of the body can put the whole body in a bad light. See how Message translation puts it: And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.
Dear Friend of Jesus, be that true representative of Christ. That’s the whole sum of our existence. Those at Antioch got this wisdom and lived by it. No wonder the people around as recorded in Acts 11:26 called them Christians!
Tenure of the Revelation of Christ
As this Sunday service marks the end of a glorious tenure of the revelation of Christ the prayer of Paul to the Church at Ephesus I pray this day for this house of God:
I couldn’t stop thanking God for you — every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. 17 But I do more than thank. I ask — ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory — to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, 18 your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, 19 oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him — endless energy, boundless strength! (MESSAGE)
It is my prayer that generations after generations, this house will not stop molding lives, raising generals, being a solution centre, a family of cultured Christians, preaching and teaching Jesus as the Christ.
I love everyone all! Thank you for devoting time to read this column as the Holy Spirit held my hands to write it from November 16, 2014 till this day, October 11, 2015.
INDEED, I LOVE YOU ALL