Our baptism into Christ is a current reality, something that not only impacts our daily lives, but drives our values, decision making and behavior. As baptized children of God, washed of our sins and heirs of eternal life, we live every day as the official ambassadors of Jesus Christ in our world. Ambassadors are commissioned by their leader to represent them in a foreign land. The ambassador builds relationships with others in the foreign land so that the ambassador can clearly represent the will of the leader. We belong to the Kingdom of God, and people who don’t believe are foreign to the Kingdom of God. We build authentic relationships with people so that we can represent the will of our leader, God, through what we say and do.
How do people become acquainted with one another? We share stories. You share your story, then I share my story. Repeat as necessary. When you care about someone’s stories, they’ll likely care about your stories. And as ambassadors of Jesus Christ, our stories are closely intertwined with His story. So much so, that the only way for someone to really get to know us is by also getting to know Him. We all have stories to tell about how we represent Jesus to this world. Those stories need to be shared with our fellow disciples of Jesus. Great things happen when we share these stories with one another. We don’t feel alone in the world as followers of Jesus. We know other people struggle to have these conversations and we hear how God blesses those discussions. We even hear about people who have joined us as baptized ambassadors of Jesus through someone’s WaterLife!