As we continue our discussion about being ambassadors for Christ, I want to encourage you with the truth that there are many different ways to carry out this assignment. As my Grandpa Schuller once said, “In the Kingdom of God, there are some people who plant the seed, there are some who water the seed, there are some who trim the branches, and there are some who take the harvest.” But then, he continued, “There are also some who go to hard, dry ground and till the soil to prepare it for the planter.” He looked at me and exclaimed, “Bobby, that’s what I do!” You see, my Grandpa was certain of his role in the consulate of the Lord’s Kingdom, and he was confident in the boundaries of the position he held. He knew that not everyone had been tasked to do the same thing, and he had the wisdom to understand that one person couldn’t conceivably carry out the entire scope of ambassadorship. Just as diplomats know the limits of their own responsibilities and trust a staff of specialists to assist them as they fulfill their duties, you and I are well-advised to know our Kingdom strengths and to rely on other members of the Body to sharpen and complement us. Whether we are called to evangelize, disciple, exhort, encourage, or show love through service, each of us is equipped and empowered to bring the virtues of Heaven to earth in unique ways.
My friend, you play an important role in the consulate of God’s Kingdom, and your Savior has appointed you to represent Him in a very distinct manner. You have been entrusted with gifts that the world needs in this uncertain time, and your call as His ambassador is the highest honor you will ever receive. Don’t worry about being everything to everyone; simply focus on the work He has asked you to do, commit your skills and talents to Him, and go forth in action. As you do this, He will use you to impact the lives of people in ways you may never see or understand until you stand face-to-face with Him in Heaven. Until then, don’t underestimate your ability to make a difference, because your Lord is larger than your greatest fear or deepest insecurity.