IITRH – Incarnational Living Part III: The Work of An Ambassador


“Living a representative lifestyle can be summarized by three point of focus.  As an ambassador I will represent:

1. The message of the King.  An ambassador is always asking, ‘What does my Lord want to communicate to this person in this situation?  What truths should shape my response? What goals should motivate me?’   As we read the Bible we hear this message over and over again:  Matthew 5-7, Luke 15-18.

2. The  methods of the King.  Here we ask, ‘How does the Lord bring change in me and in others? How did he respond to people here on earth?  What responses are consistent with the goals and resources of the gospel?’  We are repeatedly confronted with his methods: John 3:1-21; 4:1-26; Luke 9:18-27; 10:25-37.

3. The character of the King.  Here ask, ‘Why does the Lord do what he does? How can I faithfully represent the character that motivates his redemptive work? What motives in my heart could hinder what the Lord wants to do in this situation?’  Scripture is filled with the beauty of his character: Philippians 2:1-12; Ephesians 4:29-5:2; 1 Peter 2:23.

Being an ambassador means following the example of the Wonderful Counselor in our words and responses, wherever and with whomever we are.”

This post comes from Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp, page 107.

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