An ambassador is an official messenger of a government. Before becoming President, John Adams was the Ambassador to Great Britain, Thomas Jefferson was Ambassador to France, and George Bush was an ambassador of sorts to China. An apostle is an ambassador of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus selected 12 apostles, and later, named Paul as an apostle to take the gospel to the Gentiles.
On one occasion, John was upset because someone preaching the kingdom was not a member of this small group. Jesus response is classic. (Mark 9.38-40). Surprisingly, one outside their number could be more devoted than someone on the inside. For example, Judas was both an apostle and a traitor. A traitor is one who betrays a principle, a person, or his people. Judas betrayed all three. Discipleship is not about perfection but it is about relationship evidenced in devotion to Jesus, His Kingdom, and His teachings.
Among the apostles, men would fall short of what they hoped to be (Galatians 2.11), but there is a difference between imperfection and insincerity. A moment’s weakness is different from a double life. Satan weaponizes your conscience to dishearten you. God activates your conscience to awaken you. Hypocrisy is not one misstep and holiness is not sinlessness for perpetuity. Sin must be abandoned and holiness must be pursued, but devotion to God is more about honesty and humility than perfection. It involves continuous repentance and renewal. “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD’” (1 Corinthians 1.30-31).
Aubrey Johnson, Minister
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