Identity: Dignified Enough to Beg


I'm inspired and convicted by Paul's drive and passion to call people back to God. On the one hand he claims great dignity--he is an ambassador for Christ, representing him and his message of reconciliation to the world. On the other hand, he begs people to come back to God. That's the word used in the New American Standard Bible. The NIV and ESV use "implore" and the NLT uses "plead." (You can do this kind of comparison too by going to These are all strong words that, juxtaposed with "ambassador," stood out to me this morning. My prayer, growing out of this passage, was and is to share Paul's passion for helping bring people far from God back to him. I am Christ's ambassador...dignified enough to beg someone to listen to Christ's invitation.