A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
Cons and Lies
Have you ever seen the movie “The Princess Bride“?
In the beginning of the movie, a man named Vizzini and his two hired-hands are hired to start war between the lands of Florin and Guilder by kidnapping the Princess Buttercup to kill her and blame Guilder.
There is one problem, the Dread Pirate Roberts finds them before they can finish the plan.
These men were attempting to do something quite wicked: start a war for profit. Instead, the Dread Pirate Roberts defeats Vizzini’s men (who become Roberts’s friends) and kills Vizzini in a game of wits.
These men tried to con two nations, and they ran into big trouble.
Disguises and Love
It turns out the Dread Pirate Roberts is actually Buttercup’s true love. He has essentially “come back from the dead” (twice, actually) to find her.
He helps defeat all of the bad guys and win back his true love with the message that truth and true love always win.
Together they help restore peace and happiness to the land.
The Devil, The Wicked, Jesus, and His Church
Back in the beginning, the Devil came along and started a war. Many people throughout history have fought (whether or not they were aware) on his side, spreading lies and hatred. Then one day God intervened. He came disguised as a Man with the message that truth and love always win, and He defeated His enemy by dying on a cross. He came back to life and will return one day to finish removing all evil.
In the mean time, He has tasked His people, the Church, with spreading the news of truth and love and His return.
He brings healing through His people.
He brings trust through His people.
He brings truth through His people.
We are His messengers in a world full of the Enemy’s messengers. The best way to be His Ambassadors of healing is to regularly study the Bible, seek Him out in prayer and by gathering with others, and actively taking the message of hope and healing to our lost and fallen world. We can encourage each other and lift each other up in prayer and by being there for each other.
Heavenly Father, thank You for setting us free from the Enemy. Strengthen us in our resolve to be Your ambassadors to this world. Increase our faith that we may faithfully spread truth, healing, and love to Your glory.