I trust your year is off to a wonderful start! Phyllis and I hit the ground running in January, and we have been so stirred to continually feed our faith and press into all that God is saying in this hour. While “dark and down” predictions are running rampant in the world, I have only good news to share with you today.
Luke 16:16-17, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.”
What comfort to know that God’s Word CANNOT fail! Therefore, it will not and cannot fail YOU! It can’t be easy for heaven and earth to pass, and according to this Scripture, it is easier for that to happen than for God’s Word to fail. Glory to God!
The kingdom of God mentioned in this passage is of paramount importance to us as believers. While on this earth, Jesus’ message was the kingdom of God, and it continues to be the message for today. It highlights a place, a destination, our way of life, our message, our home, and it is something that we must press into.
So many in the Christian world are under the impression that the kingdom of God will change the world and make this world a better place, but that is wrong thinking. Jesus explained that His kingdom was not a natural kingdom, nor would it become a natural kingdom until He makes it so in the next dispensation from the back of a white horse. For now, the kingdom of God acts as an embassy in this world for us, as ambassadors in Christ.
II Corinthians 5:17, 20, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new… Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
When we were born again, we became ambassadors for Christ, and an ambassador carries some serious weight! Let me remind you of what an ambassador is–minister of the highest rank; employed by one prince or state at the court of another; one who manages the concerns of his own state; representing the dignity and power of his sovereign. This, my friend, is the position you hold within the kingdom of God.
Just like a U.S. ambassador represents the United States of America when conducting business in a foreign land, we too represent another kingdom, the kingdom of God. As ambassadors, our expectation must be in line with the Word of God. When people expect the world to get better and better because we are here, disappointment will set in. God never promised that the world will get better. In fact, the Bible warns us of a growing darkness in the world in the last days.
As ambassadors for the kingdom of God, we represent all that is good and holy and pure. We have been called to this dark world to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. I am sure you have heard someone make the comment, “Man, things have really gone down fast!” The truth is that once the salt and light are pulled out of here, we haven’t seen anything yet!
We find a clear picture of the kingdom of God and how to walk in kingdom principles in Romans 4:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” You won’t find the kingdom of God in this natural world. Rather, it is found in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. For us to walk in kingdom victory, we must depend on the Holy Ghost. Our faith must rest in the Holy Ghost, who watches over the Word of God.
One of your greatest assets as an ambassador for the kingdom of God is your prayer language, speaking in tongues. It is our scrambled communication system with which we can operate victoriously while on this earth, and there are top secret mysteries that God wants to reveal to His people. I encourage you to make great use of it as you press into the kingdom of God.
When I travel to a foreign land, I nearly always have someone walk up to me and ask, “You’re an American, aren’t you?” I asked my interpreter how they knew. She said, “It’s in the way you carry yourself and how you walk that makes it easy to spot an American.” The same thing should be true for us as Christians.
We are ambassadors for Christ, representing the kingdom of God on this earth. You carry it within you, and when we’re mindful of it, it will be easy to tap into it and represent all that the kingdom of God is. Be encouraged today in knowing who you are and Who you represent. You have a security detail that is second to none, provision that will never cease, and an eternal destination that is indescribable.