In instructing the twelve Apostles before sending them out Christ said “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” Matthew 10:40. We, as followers of Christ, in a real sense, carry Christ with us. Bonhoeffer puts it this way when commenting on this verse – “They are now Christ’s fellow-workers, and will be like him in all things. Thus they are to meet those to whom they are sent as if they were Christ himself. When they are welcomed into a house, Christ enters with them. They are bearers of His presence.”
We, as Christians, come in his name, bearing his presence, as ambassadors. “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us…” (II Corinthians 5:20). The word Ambassador in the Greek refers to an older, more experienced man who served as representative of a king from one country to another. As we present the good news of the gospel to others, God is literally pleading through us for the person to accept the gospel and believe in Jesus for salvation.
II Corinthians 13:5 states “… Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified.” It is thrilling to be reminded that we, as Christians, literally have Christ living in us, and carry Christ wherever we go. This should inspire us to live our lives circumspect, carry his message faithfully to a lost world and be careful to glorify God in all our deeds and actions.