Ambassadors to Whom?

by Pastor Bob Myers

 

According to experts in the field, one of the dysfunctions that is common in the business world is inattentiveness to results. Hard to imagine a business forgetting their bottom line, but it happens. 

 

And it especially happens to churches. We can measure the wrong things and be satisfied with less than God’s best.

 

At Covenant, two distinctives mark the ministry. First, we uncompromisingly and unashamedly teach and preach the Word. We won’t swerve away from a hard topic.   Second, we strive to be a church that unbelievers love to attend, a place where you will wish your dearest unchurched friend was in worship with you.  

 

Some goals enslave those who commit to them. Think of the aspiring model who wants a perfect body and subsists on a diet of celery and rice cakes and looks like a resident of a concentration camp.

 

Jesus-goals do not enslave, they liberate. They do not require a kind of humanity-denying repression and monastery-like severity. Jesus’ goals for your life replace all the goals that will make you desperate, cranky and judgmental. Jesus doesn’t want your goal to be a perfect house, or even perfect parenting.  

 

I’ve been a pastor now for 30 years. I’ve never been more clear or committed to the vision and goal God gave me at my initial calling. You can call it the Great Commission, or Building a Community to Reach a Community. You can slogan it as, “Creating a community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming committed followers of Jesus Christ”.  And you can measure it in our church by this glorious statement:  People following Jesus who never dreamed they would.  

 

Yes, we’re called to be different, holy, loving, and authentic. One test of all of that, is that we’re not a club for “religious” people. Our goal is pretty simple:  People following Jesus who never dreamed they would.  

 

We are Christ’s ambassadors. Who are we sent to? Non-believers. What is our message? The good news of Jesus Christ. Who sent us?  The Lord Jesus Christ!
This Christmas, be a bringer, inviter and ambassador for Christ!

 

“God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. 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.
How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.”   - 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (The Message)