At last count, America has over one hundred fifty ambassadors around the world. Ambassadors are representatives of the President of the United States. Their purpose is to be the face and hands of our Nation in the world.
If the President – any President – called you and asked you to be one of America’s ambassadors, how would you respond? Would you tell the President that you weren’t interested? That you didn’t have the necessary qualifications? That you really didn’t care?
What if Jesus Christ called you and asked you to be one of His ambassadors, to be His face and hands in the world? How would you respond? Would you tell the Son of God that you weren’t interested? That you didn’t have the necessary qualifications? That you really didn’t care?
The truth is that Jesus is calling you to be one of His ambassadors.
And the truth is that you are equipped and empowered to do what needs to be done for the Kingdom of God.
In his wonderful book The Wounded Healer (New York: Doubleday, 1972), Henri Nouwen set forth a unique premise that turned Christian ministry on its head. To serve the Kingdom of God, he wrote, it is not necessary to be specially educated or spiritually perfect; what the world needs is Christians who can minister – heal – love – from their own brokenness and pain as they draw upon the example of Jesus, the original Wounded Healer.
By sharing your personal concern for another, sharing your deep-rooted faith in Christ (and therefore human life), and sharing your ongoing hope for a better tomorrow (whether in life or death), you can be a wounded healer – an ambassador – for the Kingdom of God:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3–4, NIV)
It is a cold, lonely, and broken world out there, my friend, but it is our cold, lonely, and broken world. We can make a difference for the Kingdom of God. We must make a difference for the Kingdom of God. As God has comforted us, so we should now comfort others.
-- Dr. John Morris