“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.