“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20
I love how God works. I have needed to write a blog post for Epaphroditus for some time. I have put it off for weeks. However, the verse above was a part of my Bible study that I was preparing for today, and God has laid it on my heart to stop procrastinating.
The guy who wrote 2 Corinthians 5:20 is my hero. His name is Paul. We don’t know a lot about Paul’s appearance except people said that “his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” (2 Corinthians 10:10). Paul referred to himself as a jar of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7). Tradition says that he was a small man, bald, bow-legged, a long nose, and eyebrows that met.
In the eyes of the world, Paul was weak, and perhaps the last person you would select to lead a crusade to change the world. Yet, this is exactly what the Lord did. He chose Paul as His Ambassador. The God of the Universe, who created billions of stars and who upholds all things by the word of his power, is making his appeal through a man with a unibrow.
“To show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”
(2 Corinthians 4:7)
As the Epaphroditus team closes in on leaving on February 13th, this must be our anchor. Mission trips are about displaying God’s glory, not our own. We are merely ambassadors. We proclaim His Word by the power of His Spirit all for His glory.
John the Baptist stated it well when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30).
Pray for us, that God would make it so.