When Jesus saved me at the age of 6, I ceased to be a citizen of this fallen world and instantly became a citizen of Heaven. I continued to live in this world and was responsible to live my life here as an American, with all the privileges and responsibilities that goes with living in this country. But my stay here is only temporary. My real and permanent country is Heaven. This is the reality of everyone that chooses to follow Jesus, no matter where they are born and where they live while they are here.
I also understand that while I am alive in this world. I am to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of Heaven. I have the responsibility of representing my future home and telling those I come in contact with about Jesus and the opportunity he offers everyone to become a citizen of heaven and avoid an eternity as a citizen of hell.
Throughout my life, I have tried to be a good ambassador. I know that I haven’t always succeeded and I could have done much more. As I look back on my 57 years as a Christian, it’s difficult for me to judge how successful I have been in representing my King and His Kingdom. All I really know for sure is that He saved me and any success I may have had is due to Him.
In Ephesians 6:20, Paul refers to himself as an “ambassador in chains.” He said this because he was imprisoned. I am also an ambassador in chains. I am in chains due to an illness, Parkinson’s disease, that restricts what I can do. Paul was restrained by literal chains and bars that confined him. I am restrained by my bodies inability to move and function normally.
As the days go by, the chains that are restraining me are getting shorter and tighter. My ability to be an ambassador of heaven is decreasing. My ability to speak is diminishing. My ability to write is increasingly being compromised. My ability to even leave my house is waning.
So how does one remain an effective ambassador without the means to communicate and whose ability to move stops? How will I continue to have a positive impact on those around me and remain an ambassador of heaven? Prayer. If I can continue to think clearly, I can continue to pray. Even if I lose my ability to communicate, I can still pray.
I believe that an ambassador of heaven that can pray can be a powerful citizen that can still represent Heaven effectively.