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Devotional - week of August 4, 2002


WHEN GOD SPEAKS OUT LOUD

… we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:20

The Gospel of John records an incident in which God the Father speaks to Jesus in an audible voice.

Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”  John 12:28b-29

The Scriptures abound with passages relating incidents of God speaking out loud. Examples include God speaking to Moses through the burning bush and Jesus speaking to Paul on the road to Damascus .

But in this day of the new covenant when God writes His laws on our minds and hearts, does God still speak out loud?

Consider the following legitimate translation of 2 Corinthians 5:20:

We are ambassadors for Christ, Since God is pleading through us.

Many of us have come from a successful witnessing situation with the testimony, “God told me exactly what to say.” We said it and God moved in the heart of the one to whom we witnessed. God was pleading through us. God was speaking out loud.

The word “ambassador” underlines the thought. Ambassadors are not decision makers. They are representatives of the one who sends them. When they speak, the one who sends them speaks.

And so it is with ambassadors for Christ. Often God gives us the exact words and we reproduce them—out loud.

For the sake of the unsaved and all who need a clear word from God this solemn truth moves us to obey the five commands of Romans 6:11-13—especially the fifth:

and [present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God.