You can’t be a representative or ambassador of a nation without sharing the values and ideals of that nation. Nor can you be an ambassador of Christ without embracing His Word! If you and I are going to be successful as Christian men, it means we have to put Christ first and live fully committed to him. And once you know the God-given purpose for your life and are fired with a holy passion to accomplish it, there isn’t anything the devil can throw your way that will stop you!
Christians have been called to represent Jesus Christ and his kingdom as his ambassadors. We have been authorized by him. And he will back us up as we go out and represent him.
Generally speaking, an ambassador is a respected official acting as a representative of a nation. Sent to a foreign land, the ambassador’s role is to reflect the official position of the sovereign body that gave him authority. Writing to the Corinthians, Paul likens his own calling to that of an ambassador, and he urges all Christians to consider themselves ambassadors for Christ. The gospel of reconciliation was always at the heart of Paul’s preaching: “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 1:17).
A Landlocked Country: Bhutan
For the first time in Bhutan’s history, the long-isolated Buddhist nation’s government seems ready to grant official recognition and accompanying rights to a miniscule Christian population that has remained largely underground.
Though never colonized, landlocked Bhutan has historically seen its sovereignty as fragile due to its small size and location between India and China. It has sought to protect its sovereignty by preserving its distinct cultural identity based on Buddhism and by discouraging social tensions and unrest.
The government’s willingness to recognize Christians is partly aimed at bringing the community under religious regulation, said the anonymous source. Thus, its policy shift is evoking a mixed response among the country’s estimated 15,000 Christians.
If God assigns you a vision, you are more than equipped to handle it:
I remember having met Dr John Edmund Haggai and his precious wife in India during 2007. We had an interesting conversation. The fact that gave me encouragement the most is my vision towards the Gospel and the mission. The first and most important step is seeing what God has made you. If God assigns you a vision, you are more than equipped to handle it. Haggai mentions very likely, the beginnings of a vision lie within you long before you recognize it. You have to have a sure foundation that your vision can and will happen through you. You also have to write out your vision. We spent quality time in learning from the man of God.
Vision and Mission were two important topics which impressed me the most. John Haggai outlines five visionary decisions to help you define your vision. What am I doing, Where should I go, What is the purpose, are some of the questions that often plague your mind. Start praying and seek the knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Are you doing what you are supposed to do, what you are doing right now is it falling in place, where do you see contentment. These are prayer points to God and start praying to Him through the Holy Spirit. He will answer.
Habakkuk 2:2 says and the LORD answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. The next step is to define your vision by the discipline of writing. Haggai says jotting things down on a notepad serves far more than an aid to memory. It helps me tease out the details of my vision. As you can see, success is not an accident. There are disciplinary steps to take in order to become the influential leader you desire to be. Influential leaders follow the path that has already been laid in front of them.
I saw a Vision
I was admitted in the Hospital after a Christian meeting in the eastern region of India. How the Great God Jesus Christ had enabled me even though I was unwell to speak to you and pray about Bhutan. The vision I saw for Bhutan was I was travelling by a Plane to Bhutan and went to a book store immediately from the Bhutanese airport and bought Bibles in heaps and heaps and were distributing Bibles in Bhutan. The Vision was very clear. God is making a way for his word to reach Bhutan. In fact it is making Himself known. Psalms 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Vision is going to pass and the Bhutanese government is going to accept Christianity as a Religion very soon.
A note from one of the great leaders from Bhutan (name withheld)
It was in the month of June 2007, I met pastor Rev. Dr. M.A. Paul, Rev. Dr. David Rayi and Rev. Dr. Raj Kosaraju who have visited Bhutan and Sikkim as speakers in our leaders seminar and I invited them in my house to pray for the manuscripts of whole holy bible translated by me into “Dzongkha” (The national language of Bhutan) which took 17 and half years of labour and pain to produce it. I took the opportunity to share them the need of funds to print our first holy bibles ever had in Bhutan and after that I could not contact the above three servants of God due to my sickness for almost two years and ultimately I was hospitalised in Guwahati India for lung cancer and thereby I had a major surgery. It was God’s will that, Rev Dr Raj Kosaraju wrote me an email about printing of our holy bibles and I wrote him back that I could not print our bibles due to lack of financial constraints. Though Dr Raj was sick himself even then the vision and love he have for the people of Bhutan started burning inside his heart.
The passion he have to reach God’s word for the Bhutanese people and he helped Bhutan by raising some funds to print 4500 copies of Dzongkha holy bibles. We have printed and released 5000 copies of Bibles in May 2013 and distributed to the Buddhist people of Bhutan on free of cost. After release of these first bibles, many Buddhist monks and Buddhist people came to Lord by reading this Dzongkha Bibles. Due to limited funds, we could not print more bibles and there are rapid demands for the bibles. Praise God for His wonderful works in Bhutan and we thank to Rev. Dr.Raj Kosaraju for his generous support in printing this holy bibles for Bhutan. Nearly 1.7 million people will read these holy bibles if we can print more bibles and supply them.
The strong religion background of Bhutan does not encourage our people to come to Christ. This Holy Bible is the only way to reach every corner of Bhutan and we still hope that God will use Dr Raj Kosaraju to fulfil his vision to print more bibles for us since he had laid the pioneer foundation of reaching “His Word” for Bhutan. We pray God to bless him and his precious ministry for helping Bhutan.
Finally, we represent another Kingdom….
Christians are God’s ambassadors in that they have been “approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel” (1 Thessalonians 2:4). As we go through this world, we represent another Kingdom (John 18:36), and it is our responsibility to reflect the “official position” of heaven. We are in this world, but not of it (John 17:16). God’s ambassadors are to be “as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we must take the message of our King to the “ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8), imploring men and women everywhere to be reconciled to God.
When we have a dream, God can use our commitment and perseverance to move toward that goal. God can achieve His purposes as we pursue the vision He has given us. And He keeps His promises when we trust and obey Him.
I would like to mention Brothers Brian Dayhuff, Spiro Kavadas, and Bill Carnagey who have been instrumental to the work in Bhutan. They have been very faithful in promoting the Bibles. May God Bless them and their Ministries abundantly. I also remember Dr. Mitch King and Dr Michel Fascia for their support in the BU programs. They have been thoroughly impressive, committed, and Kingdom oriented . God Bless you. I would also like to place on record my friends Dr. R.S. John and Rev. Prakash who were instrumental in raising funds from their churches for the Bibles.
For The Gospel,
Raj Kosaraju is an Alumnus of Haggai Institute, Hawaii. He was a 2005 batch mate. Raj has an immense interest in Missions and Evangelism. He is grateful to all the faculty who shaped him in his Global Evangelism and Great Commission outlook. Special mention is to Dr. Aldo FantaoFrom Argentina, Senior Pastor Frank Farag from Sydney, Donn Anderson’s “Creative Use of Audio Visuals.”Dr. Arthur Dhanraj, Vice President at Maui mid- Pacific Center in the US, Apostle Wahl F. Abrahams from Namibia, Sunil Robert from New Jersey, and Mr.SundarSangma, Vice-president International Advancement.
*Festival commemorating the unification of Tibetan tribes. Photograph: Michael Yamashita