“God does not have to come and tell me what I must do for Him, He brings me into a relationship with Himself wherein I hear His call and understand what He wants me to do, and I do it out of sheer love to Him. To serve God is a the deliberate love gift of the nature that has heard the call of God.” Oswald Chambers (taken from So Send I You)
Constrained by Love to be ambassadors
“…He died for all men…Therefore, we must not judge men by our standard, but rather be ambassadors of Christ to them” (paraphrase of II Cor. 5:14-15).
In part II of “Constrained”, we noted the fact that love – His love – holds us together! It compels, while supplying the strength to go on. Not only that, but His love (constraining love) demonstrates victory over death, indicating that we should not live selfish, me-centered lives of personal gain and judgmentalism towards others. Instead, we should live as ambassadors of Him, for Him. This is the third point we will be focusing on today.
So, what is an ambassador?
An ambassador is one who is officially recognized, authorized as a representative and sent out (commissioned). He or she is carefully observed, specifically chosen, and highly esteemed, appointed to carry out a great responsibility.
This is us! We are called by Constraining Love to be ambassadors of the Gospel: to see people as receivers of the truth we proclaim because of our Commissioner. It is Christ alone who compels and enables us to embrace others with a God-sized perspective simply because we are held together by His love.
Therefore, because we fear God (“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ: that every one may receive [give account] the things done in His body…whether it be good, or bad [II Cor. 5:10])”, we win men, answering to God for our actions. Love is the Christian’s power. Christ’s love constrains us and if we allow ourselves to be contained in such a way, then this very love can perfect us in its perfection! “But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected (I Jn. 2:5)”.
Therefore, receive not the grace of God in vain: constraining love holds us together when we choose the Lordship of Christ – when we die daily and live only to Grace and to God, letting Him DO, while we LEAN. “For we walk by faith, not by sight (see II Cor. 5:7)”.
Faith leads us to be held by the “chains” of love which, in turn, bind us together, supplying the strength to be Christ’s ambassador, that we might win men, answering to God.
“When people say they have had a call to foreign service, or to any particular sphere of work, they mean that their relationship to God has enabled them to realize what they can do for God. Their natural fitting for service and the call of God is identified as one in them.” Oswald Chambers (taken from )Allow His love to constrain you! ~Tiffany M. and Hannah S. Original 4/6/12 Updated 3/15/13