2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The two years I spent playing for the OKC Ambassadors changed the course of my life forever. This organization presented me with an opportunity to use baseball as a tool to share the Gospel with the world, which according to 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 is our job as Christians.
"We are AMBASSADORS for Christ..."
Ambassador. What an amazing title that is. We are Ambassadors for Jesus Christ. We are representatives of Him! What an unbelievable opportunity we have to be Ambassadors for our Lord and Savior. This is a very serious calling and each of us as Christians need to understand the weight that comes with being an Ambassador.
When we are on the baseball field playing, our opponents and spectators are always watching us very closely. They are watching how we handle ourselves after a mistake. They are watching to see how we handle ourselves after a victory. It is the same in every day life. If you call yourself a Christian, then people are watching you. As Ambassadors we are under a microscope and we need to always remember that we are representatives of Jesus Christ.
"God making His appeal through us..."
Think about this... the Creator of the universe is using us (you and me) to share the hope that is within us to the entire world! Wow! Being an Ambassador of Christ is the most important job that you will ever have and we need to understand what exactly we are supposed to do.
"We implore you ... be reconciled to God."
As uncomfortable as it may be sometimes, our job as Ambassadors is to share Christ's love with the world.
Verse 20 says, "we implore you." You can almost sense the desperation of this word that Paul uses when writing this verse. As Ambassadors, we beg you to understand the significance of the penalty of death and eternity without Christ. Please! "Be reconciled to God!"
This needs to be our message of desperation. We should be so committed to sharing the Gospel to the world that it comes across out of desperation in love that we want people to know Christ!
"I beg of you, please, be reconciled to God and know this peace and this hope that I know! I don't want you to be separated from Christ for all of eternity.
Please! Accept Christ as your Lord and Savior."
I am completely humbled with the opportunity to be able to lead this organization after being a part of the original Ambassadors in 2008. I know this organization has changed tens of thousands of lives and I look forward to continuing to spread the Gospel around the world in the upcoming years.
A Life Worth Following has played a significant role in my life as it has shaped who I am as a man of God. I cannot imagine how difficult my college years would have been if I had not been trained by the discipleship program the two summers leading into it. Through my time with the Ambassadors, I was consistently challenged in my spiritual walk to understand fully why I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even today some of my closest friends are former Ambassador teammates who I grew to know and love during my seasons with the team. I believe that every Ambassador alumni belongs to a brotherhood that will never be broken.
As the Executive Director of ALWF, my continual focus will be on developing disciples from among our team. It is of the utmost importance that we continue to pour into the spiritual lives of the players that God sends us, so that they can be equipped to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19).
I love this organization and am committing my ministry to seeing that A Life Worth Following continues to use baseball as a tool to spread the Gospel.
Justin Sullivan, A Life Worth Following