2 Corinthians 5:20 - We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
It’s inspiring and also interesting the adages and mottos that have come out of the church in the last few decades. Some, with good intent, have energized the church to do great things. Good intent though, can also make for bad theology.
I noticed t-shirts that a youth group was wearing that said, “Make Jesus Famous”. I’ve heard this before. You’ve heard this before. Of course, the basic idea is to tell others about Jesus. The twist is that Jesus doesn’t need you to make Him famous.
Fame is one of those things that practically everyone tries to grab. It’s fleeting. It’s elusive. Andy Warhol said in the future everyone will have 15 minutes. Many people thirst for fame and attention for validation, success, and livelihood.
Fame goes away as quickly as it arrives.
Paul said he and his team were ambassadors for Christ. Their goal was not to bring fame to the name of Christ, but to bring the name of Christ to people. Ambassadors bring the message of reconciliation, peace, love, and hope, in the name of the One who sent. God is making His appeal through the ambassadors - you and me. We bring the message, that’s all.
It’s not the fame of Christ we should be concerned about, but the name of Christ.