Week 15 Word: Ambassador
Week 15 Text: Ephesians 6:20
Written By: Andrea Ferrell
“for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:20 ESV)
Would you agree with me that we are surrounded by bold declarations? Do we all have our mountains that we would die on, or platforms that we stand on proudly and often elevate too high? Perhaps it’s your political views, the way you discipline (or feed, dress, educate) your children, or your Bible translation. Or maybe you are like me–a peacemaker–and your bold declarations are harbored in the unspoken chambers of your heart (because, Lord knows, you don’t want to rock the boat!).
But Paul not only makes his platform known, he fervently asks for prayer from the Ephesian church that he would declare boldly that for which he was an ambassador. What was it Paul was so passionate about he couldn’t keep his mouth shut, even when in prison for speaking it? What was Paul’s bold declaration?
Let’s connect the dots between bold declarations and our word this week–ambassador.
AMBASSADOR: a person who acts as a representative. Paul declared himself an ambassador of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you know Paul at all, you know that he had a platform even before he was a believer. He had power, influence and status. In this letter he was in chains (literally) for the declaring the gospel. He didn’t ask for prayer that he would get out of prison, but rather that “words may be given to me in opening my mouth BOLDY to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may DECLARE IT BOLDY, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:19-20)
When you became a Christian (a little Christ), you also became an ambassador of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Oh Lord, forgive us for boldly declaring our opinions so much louder than Your gospel. Forgive us for being chained to things of this world, instead of Your life-giving gospel.
Sisters, if our platforms first and foremost were built on the firm foundation of the gospel, I have a gut feeling that our bold declarations would be less about our opinions and more about the saving power of the blood of Jesus.
You are God’s ambassador: His spokesperson, His representative, a “little Christ.” God chose you to be a vessel of living water to this dry and parched land (John 7:38). He has given you the helper, the Holy Spirit, so that you may boldly declare the gospel–not on your own strength, but with the strength of God in you. (Read Ephesians 6:10-20, You are equipped for this position!)
Sisters, what you are boldly declaring (or not saying at all)? On what platform are you standing? If we became the ambassadors we were meant to be, we would be a force to be reckoned with. We would be the living water that this world (and your very soul) is thirsting for.
1. Make a list of all your bold declarations (good and bad, spoken and unspoken).
2. Pray over your list and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you where you need to speak less boldly and where you need to speak more boldly.
3. Read Ephesians 6:10-20 (The armor of God) and be encouraged that God has equipped you to be His ambassador!