Ambassador: an authorized representative or messenger (Merriam-Webster Online)
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV).
I love the verse in Luke when Mary visits Elizabeth:
“For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.” Luke 1:44 (ESV)
That baby was John the Baptist. And that joy encompassed his entire life.
From what we know about John, he was a character. He didn’t “fit in”, he lived in the desert, spoke forcefully, telling people to reflect on where they were with God and to repent if necessary.
Additionally, he ate locusts.
Maybe not someone we would automatically assume to be a messenger.
But he was.
He was the messenger sent to prepare the way for Jesus and His teachings. (Malachi 3:1)
Despite his nonconformist ways, his message was so compelling the people flocked to him.
John lived his life to introduce others to Jesus Christ, yet he said he wasn’t worthy to tie Christ’s sandals.
As believers, we are called to be ambassadors of Christ. Meaning, we are to act on behalf of Christ, representing Him in this world.
If only we could be the ambassadors that John the Baptist was.
This Christmas Season, may the joy of the Birth of our Savior fill you up to overflowing, spilling out as a blessing to others so they too may know of His great love.