We are living in the greatest story ever told; it’s a story where a righteous and eternal King redeems the entire world through His sacrifice, and then conquers death forever and reigns victorious. God has been softening hearts, changing lives and transforming communities, and the best part is: Jesus invites us to be a part of this adventure.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 says that if we are in Christ, we are a new creation— “the old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 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. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” How incredible is this news? Not only have we been reconciled to God, but we are now ambassadors for His Kingdom!
I became a new creation several years ago when the Lord brought me out of bitterness, desperation, and New Age lies and deception— and into the truth of His Word. He rescued me and “put a new song in my soul, a song of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40:3)
Over this last year God has worked in my heart, and as I’ve wrestled with Him through prayer and in reading His Word, He has brought me to a place of submission to His calling for me: full-time ministry alongside e3 Partners in Southern California.
e3 Partners is a global missions agency advancing the Gospel and establishing the Church in over 65 countries. I belong to a body of over 400 staff and 2,000 national partners sharing his Gospel among the nations.
Here are some facts about Southern California that I didn’t know prior to having lived here for the last year and a half:
1. The larger Los Angeles area is 93% lost. Meaning, 93% of people do not know the truth of the gospel.
2. There is a movement of New Age beliefs and witchcraft that is rapidly spreading and is one of the largest religions along the southern coastal regions.
3. There are dozens of completely unreached and unengaged people groups living in Los Angeles— people who come from remote regions around the world and whose families and hometowns have never heard the name of Jesus.
4. Truly, the nations are in Southern California; and if we make it our goal to see #NoPlaceLeft in the L.A. area, we can see no place left in the world where the gospel has not reached.
Scripture says that all believers are ambassadors—what a high and undeserved calling! It almost sounds too good to be true: we get to be ambassadors for an everlasting Kingdom that will reign victorious through eternity? It’s like we got the dream job without even having any qualifications. God transforms us and equips us as we choose to run after Him.
How is God calling you to be an ambassador?
Is he asking you to FOLLOW Him? If you have not repented of your sin and acknowledged Jesus Christ as the King of your life, I pray that you would stop right now and do this. And I pray that you would seek out discipleship and teaching from the Word of God. Jesus has a wonderful purpose and eternal task for your life, and He is calling you to turn from your sin, call on the name of Jesus, and step into new life.
Is he knocking at your door for you to GO? —whether it’s overseas to an unreached people group, or next door to a broken home.
Is he prompting you to PRAY? — I believe He is, and I ask you to pray for me as I pray for you. We can get on our knees before Jesus and ask Him for guidance and obedient hearts.
Is he calling you to to GIVE? Your monthly support provides for my practical needs, protects me from financial emergencies that may disrupt my ministry, and supplies ongoing resources for the work to which God has called me. Just click the “Donate” button above to get started!
Thank you in advance for your prayer and your generosity! Let’s run together on this journey as ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, in the greatest story ever told.
“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b-14)