He did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. 2 Kings 18:3 NASB For he clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. 2 Kings 18:5-6 NASB
God used King David years beyond his time on earth. King Hezekiah, whom we read about yesterday, was influenced by the example of David. He trusted in the Lord. He clung to the Lord. (clung: adhered to, hold tight as embracing, to cleve, remain close, attached).
🌹What impact are you making in the world today? Will you be remembered for your relationship with the Holy God? Will your example have others clinging to the Lord, not departing from following Him and keeping His commandments?
You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. Deuteronomy 13:4
God is love. — 1 John 4:8
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. — John 3:16
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. — Romans 5:8
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; — 2 Corinthians 5:20a
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.– 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus loves us despite the fact that we are sinners and even though we don’t deserve it, He fulfilled God’s purpose. Jesus demonstrated His love for us, put into action that love, when He died on the cross paying the debt for our sin. Jesus fulfilled God’s purpose of redemption for all of mankind. Jesus out of love for the Father obediently saved mankind from the sin of death and gave us eternal life.
So what is our purpose? To be ambassadors for Christ, the righteousness of God in Him. Just as Jesus, our example, we are to love others even though they are sinners and demonstrate God’s love to others even if we think they don’t deserve it. We are to live for Jesus, drawing so close to Him that we become like Him. And like Him we love, demonstrate love, and let Jesus use us to draw others to Him so that He may transform them into the righteousness of God, ambassadors for Christ!
God wants to use you for great things. Are you ready to be an Ambassador for Christ? Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Then you are ready to be an ambassador. Continue to seek Him.
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 Corinthians 5:20
Ambassador: an authorized messenger or representative
What is our message if we are messengers for Christ? Reconciliation. To be an effective ambassador we must first reconcile ourselves to God through Christ.
and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves,
but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
— 2 Corinthians 5:15
Our repentance and surrender to Christ as our Savior, accepting His grace/favor and believing God raised Him from the dead reconciles us to God. We are in Christ:
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature;
the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
— 2 Corinthians 5:17
Being in Christ our love for Him controls us. (2 Corinthians 5:14) God has prepared us to be ambassadors for Christ and given us the Spirit. (v.5) By the Spirit we walk by faith, not by sight. God reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (v.18)
What is our message?
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
— 2 Corinthians 5:21
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.