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What is it to be an Ambassador of God Today?

By Nancy Bearden Hudson

Scripture: II Corinthians 5:16—21

How like God to send me on a mission, not realizing it was God’s mission. Often we go about our day-to-day “busyness” unaware that someone we encounter may be our mission from God.

It was a few days before Christmas and I was in the post office to mail a package when I saw a lady standing in the line ahead of me. She was waiting to pick up a package. I glanced at her in my haste, not realizing her situation. She received her package from the postmaster and left.

I finished my business and upon leaving, I saw her sitting in her car with her head on the steering wheel, crying. I went over to her car and asked if there was a problem and could I help. With tears in her eyes she shared that her husband of forty-three years died three months ago and she just didn’t know how she was going to be able to handle this Christmas, much less, life without him.

I knew the feeling well. My husband died, unexpectedly, six years ago and I am in the process of walking this grief journey. We talked for a few minutes and I realized she was stuck in her grief process.

As I talked with her, I prayed that God would give me the words to say to her that would help her on her grief journey. Just as clearly as anything could be, God said, “Tell her to give herself permission to move on with her life.”

We looked at each other for a few minutes, she pondering what I had just said and I, praying that God’s words, through me, would make a difference for this woman.

She closed her eyes and said, “How did you know this is my problem?”

I said, “I didn’t, but God did, and just used me.”

When trials and troubles abound we cannot dwell on them for they will pull us down.  We become ineffective in the assignments God gives us. Our thoughts turn inward, we become self-centered, and we lose our focus on Christ. 

Join me in this Lenten season as I focus on Christ and the gifts of love, mercy, and grace he gives to all who will believe.

As an ambassador for Christ, we must stay in tune with him…always in the Word, asking him each day to make us aware of people and situations in which we need to be his ambassador, to be Jesus to those we meet.

*Nancy Bearden Hudson is a Women’s Division director from the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Last Updated: 04/06/2010

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