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Acknowledgements

I would like to give honor to God for the gift He has put in me, allowing me to be His instrument to bring encouragement to fellow believers so that we can run this race of faith with excellence as we pursue to reach the goal.

I would also like to thank my family for being my great support and giving me space to pursue my vision.

I would also like to appreciate my spiritual coach, an apostle of Jesus Christ, that God has placed in my life, and all the fivefold ministers globally that have contributed towards my spiritual growth.

Preface

In this book various translations of the Bible is used. Definitions are also from a variety of dictionaries. Sources of all quotes are mentioned accordingly. The content is a combination of Holy Spirit inspiration, research as well as teachings I have received from various ministries (local fellowship, conferences and television ministers) over the years.

Diligent:

Diligent means being constant and earnest in effort and application; attentive and persistent in doing something, careful and persevering in carrying out tasks or duties, carried out with care and perseverance; quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness; a diligent (or patient) worker; patient - enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance.

Proverbs 10:4

he who has a slack hand becomes poor but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 12:24

the hand of the diligent will rule but the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

Ambassador:

An ambassador is defined as an authorized messenger or representative, an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose.

2 Corinthians5:20a

now then, we are ambassadors for Christ,

Proverbs 13:17

a wicked messenger falls into trouble but a faithful ambassador brings health.

Job Description of an Ambassador in Foreign Relations

An ambassador represents a country's culture and values, and is supposed to uphold the same. Duties can be summarized into 3 categories:

Diplomatic

Top ranking representative of home country to the host country

Spokesperson for their government

To keep good relations, diplomatic affairs

Administrative

Overseeing operations at the embassy

Ceremonial

Representing government at events and being most visible symbol of their own country.

Role of an Ambassador of Christ

Just as in foreign relations where an ambassador is appointed by the president, we as believers are also appointed by our King (God) to be ambassadors of heaven here on earth. Though an ambassador is in a particular country, they are not under the law of that country. The same applies to us as disciples of Jesus, the Bible is our constitution by which we abide by and as such it supersedes the earthly constitutions. Though we are in this world we are not of this world, we have dual citizenship, our first citizenship is in heaven and it is eternal, second citizenship is our earthly citizenship however it is temporary.

As ambassadors of Christ we are to be the most visible symbol of heaven. Hence we have been assigned to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, light attracts and salt preserves and gives flavor when used properly. In Matthew 5:16 it says

let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.

Therefore as ambassadors of Christ we must apply the Word properly, we must be careful not to misinterpret Scriptures, and furthermore our lifestyle should attract others into the kingdom of God. This is highlighted in 1 Timothy 4:16

keep a close eye on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

Therefore a diligent ambassador is a person who has full confidence in the government that has deployed them, and they put all their effort in ensuring that they fulfill their role according to the mandate given by their government. We have been deployed by heaven, therefore we should be led by the Holy Spirit so that we fulfill the mandate assigned to us.

In this book I will be talking about attributes which I deem necessary for one to be a diligent ambassador of Jesus Christ.

Chapter 1: Know Your Identity

Identity: The fact of being who or what a person or thing is; the characteristics determining who or what a person or thing is; the state or fact of remaining the same one, as under varying aspects or conditions; the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another; condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the state or fact of being the same one as described; the sense of self, providing sameness and continuity in personality over time .

‘When we know better we do better – Maya Angelo’.

This sounds like a simple phrase however so much of life hinges on understanding the meaning of it, hence the importance of knowledge and wisdom. As such it is vital that each one of us seek wisdom in order to get to a point where we know our identity, who we are and whose we are so that we can do better in life. When we have that in check, we will be able to do well in all aspects of our lives because there will be no room for confusion. Most frustrations, mistakes and misunderstanding are as a result of not knowing ones identity. Therefore let’s know ourselves so that we can have a healthy relationship with ourselves which will in turn lead to healthy relationships with others (family, friends, colleagues, community).

So who am I or who are we?

A Masterpiece

Ephesians 2:10 says

for we are God’s handiwork(His workmanship, masterpiece), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined(planned beforehand) for us[taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them[living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Each individual is special and unique, a work of art, a work of genius, an original creation of God. If in doubt, then ask yourself ‘how it is that