Funny…charismatic…sociable…clever…how would you describe yourself? Have you noticed how so many of the New Testament letters begin with the author identifying himself and describing himself as a servant? The Bible describes all Christians as “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Christians are seen throughout the New Testament as being generous, especially when a particular need arises. In 2 Corinthians, the churches in Macedonia were under tremendous affliction from the government and citizens, yet they locked arms, gave generously, and expanded the ministry of the gospel throughout the region.
A servant is surrendered wholly to another’s will and thus devoted to another, regardless of his own interests. Jesus set the example for us in that, while being fully God and fully man, He chose to submit to and serve His Father (John 6:38, John 4:34).
Since we are made new and bought with a price, we are now ambassadors for Christ. In the time of the New Testament, being an ambassador involved three things—a commissioning for a special assignment, representing the sender, and exercising the authority of the sender. We as believers have the honor of being ambassadors for Christ.
Paul used the example of the Macedonians to teach the Corinthians three important lessons about giving. First, the Macedonians understood that giving has nothing to do with how much money you have. Second, Christians ought to be known for their generosity because Jesus gives each believer a greater security than anything this world could ever offer. Finally, because the Macedonians had given themselves completely to the Lord, they were free from being enslaved to the love of their possessions.