Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ambassadors for Christ Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Ambassadors for Christ Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Although I had lived in many countries, I had never thought of myself as an ambassador. Then one morning recently, during my daily study of the Scriptures, I looked more closely at the Apostle Paul's rallying call in his second letter to the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God" (5:20, New Revised Standard Version).

I had read that passage many times, in several Bible translations. Yet I'd never felt called to action as I was that morning. It became clear to me that all who follow the teachings of Jesus are required to be "ambassadors for Christ," with a firm commitment to proclaim and establish the unity of God and man.

As special ambassadors, they are spared the formality of confirmation hearings and other forms of media scrutiny, but are required to prove their worthiness for the task. Because God is making His appeal for reconciliation through them, they are expected to demonstrate how unity with Him brings healing and regeneration in their own lives. They should be so filled with enthusiasm and gratitude for the blessings they have received that they cannot wait to tell others about them. Every day brings opportunities to share the joys and benefits of Christianity as Jesus practiced it; to explain to hungry hearts that Christianity is a universal religion that values everyone and meets every kind of human need. It urges people to be reconciled to their perfect identity as the spiritual likeness of God. This message is at the heart of the Science of Christianity, which was discovered in 1866 by a great ambassador for Christ, Mary Baker Eddy. She explained this Science in her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which no conscientious ambassador should be without! She said here that to her the revelation of Christian Science included "the proof, by present demonstration, that the so-called miracles of Jesus did not specially belong to a dispensation now ended, but that they illustrated an ever-operative divine Principle" (p. …

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