2 Corinthians 1:8
~We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our abilities to endure, so that we despaired even of life.~
The apostle Paul declared that we are “Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” [ 2 Corinthians 5:20]. Successful ambassadors represent Jesus Christ to others on their home turf—whether that’s the local football field or the soil of a far-off land.
When God called Paul to be his ambassador to the Gentiles, Paul gave up his right to his own homeland and set off on lonely and dangerous journeys to places like Ephesus, Athens and Rome. Despite the hardships, Paul never looked back. That doesn’t mean he forgot his native Israel. He loved his nation [Romans 10-11]. But God put a bigger love in his heart—a love for all God’s people. That’s what happens to us too when we follow God’s calling. One country is not enough for us any longer, because he puts the world in our hearts.
Identify the people that God is bringing to your attention. What is it going to cost you to be his ambassador to them?