“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” -2 Cor. 5:20
The following is a creed produced by the organization Stand to Reason. It is a worthwhile tool that will undoubtedly benefit any ambassador of Christ who desires to represent His Lord as an effective witness for Him in this world.
An ambassador is…
Ready- An Ambassador is alert for chances to represent Christ and will not back away from a challenge or an opportunity.
Patient- An Ambassador won’t quarrel, but will listen in order to understand, then with gentleness seek to respectfully engage those who disagree.
Reasonable- An Ambassador has informed convictions (not just feelings), gives reasons, asks questions, aggresively seeks answers, and will not be stumped by the same challenge twice.
Tactical- An Ambassador adapts to each unique person and situation, manuevering with wisdom to challenge bad thinking, presenting the truth in an understandable and compelling way.
Clear- An Ambassador is careful with language and will not rely on Christian lingo nor gain unfair advantage by resorting to empty rhetoric.
Fair- An Ambassador is sympathetic and understanding towards others and will acknowledge the merits of contrary views
Honest- An Ambassador is careful with the facts and will not misrepresent another’s view, overstate his own case, or understate the demands of the gospel.
Humble- An Ambassador is provisional in his claims, knowing that his understanding of truth is fallible. He will not press a point beyond what his evidence allows.
Attractive- An Ambassador will act with grace, kindaness, and good manners. He will not dishonor Christ in his conduct.
Dependent- An Ambassador knows that effectiveness requires joining his best efforts with God’s power.