#7 – Ambassador of Christ
The seventh characteristic of the man (remember: includes woman) whom we are seeking is that he will understand that an Ecclesia leader is an ambassador of Jesus Christ; therefore, he must strive always towards the building of the Lord’s kingdom and not his own.
For anyone who really knows who Jesus Christ is, who has a bona fide personal relationship with the King of kings, this presents no problem. After all, which is bigger – being the Duke of Twitterville … or being the personal representative / ambassador of the King and Creator of all? Who speaks with the greater authority – the one who represents all of the human trophies and ribbons that he personally has acquired in his earthly life … or the one who speaks with the authority of the King Himself?
Another way to look at it is relative to What’s In It For Me? To the extent that the institutionalized practice of religion is a business, for example, and one goes into it in lieu of another “occupation,” a purely business consideration might be the opportunity cost of putting one’s time into one activity over another, and a man’s gotta eat, right? That is not what we’re talking about here. We are definitely talking about a “lead from the middle of the pack” or “lead by example” kind of scenario where truly this servant leader’s motto is, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) Jesus is the head of this body, and we work together as various body parts that He might have the pre-eminence. (Col. 1:18)
So the reward focus of the man whom we seek is solely on eternity – the heavenly rewards that will accrue to those who hear our Savior say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of thy Lord.”
It is a life-changing thing for one who comes to realize that his single most important assignment on earth is that of being an ambassador for the King of kings. Are you that one?