Ambassadors of the Kingdom
To follow Christ is to joyfully transfer our primary allegiance from the kingdoms of this world to the kingdom of heaven and the kingship of Jesus. His kingdom has broken through our fallen world, although it will not be fully realized until he returns again. Until that time, through the work of the Holy Spirit, we are being transformed to become the kind of people who embody Jesus‘ kingdom. That is to say, we are being restored to become the people we were meant to be all along, free from sin.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are sent by Jesus to be ambassadors of his kingdom to the kingdoms of this world (John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:18-20). Like any foreign ambassador, our role is to represent our king and kingdom well in a place that is distinct from, even in opposition to, the kingdom we are sent from. Because Jesus’ kingdom is a restoration of all things, we seek to embody and proclaim its impact on all of life (Matt 5:11-16). At home, at work, and at play, we seek to live lives that open people‘s imaginations to the beauty of the good news.
We are not saviors or conquerors. We are not building our own kingdoms. We are representatives of Jesus, who alone is savior and king. We simply want to participate in what he is already doing and be faithful to the unique role he has for us as sojourners in the land we’re sent to (1 Peter 2:11).
* quote from Lesslie Newbigin in ‘The Gospel in a Pluralist Society’