When a president takes office, he is in charge of choosing the many ambassadors who will serve the U.S. In looking, he must choose people who will accurately represent our interests. When they take the post, they are, in effect, becoming messengers for the president. In the same way, God has called us to be His messengers. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” God expects every one of us to be God’s messenger. There is one example in the Bible of a messenger that stands out above the rest, and that is the person of Daniel.
In Daniel 5, we see King Belshazzar, the grandson of King Nebuchadnezzar. His father was with the Babylonian army fighting the Persians, and morale was low. So King Belshazzar decided to put on a banquet “to a thousand of his lords.” While he was drinking, he commanded golden vessels to be brought to him. These were not just any golden vessels, however. They were vessels brought from Jerusalem. They were God’s vessels, and He did not want them to be used for drunkenness. So verse 5 says that God sent a hand to write a message for Belshazzar on the wall. Neither he nor his wise men can interpret it, and so Daniel is called in to make the message clear. He stands before the king and delivers the message: “God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it… Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting… Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” Daniel delivered the message with boldness. If I am to be God’s messenger, what do I need to know?
First, God’s messenger isn’t at the party. Daniel has to be called for because he refused to be at the drunken party. God expects there to be a separation with His people. He says in 2 Corinthians 6:17: “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing.” The world is trying to conform us to its image, but God calls us to be separate from the world. Imagine if Daniel had been sitting in that banquet hall drinking alongside all of the wise men. Would God’s message have made any sense? Could he have accurately relayed the seriousness of God’s wrath on the people there for their sins against God? Only a person who has been separated by holiness can speak for Him.
Second, God’s messenger is known for knowing God. Though Belshazzar does not know Daniel, the queen mother does, and she tells him this: “There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him… now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.” Daniel was known for being yielded to God, and one who dwelt with God’s Spirit. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit moves into our lives, and He directs our steps. The closer we are to Him, the more powerful our message is conveyed. When we walk with God, He empowers our message, He speaks through us. In Acts 4:13, Peter and John were before the priests, and it says: “When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
Third, God’s messenger points to the King in His message. Daniel tells the king what the writing means, but he first gives a sermon with a history lesson. He tells Belshazzar about Nebuchadnezzar, who had to come to the point where he recognized the true King: God. Belshazzar was acting like he was the only king in the universe, commanding vessels, inviting lords, and offering rewards. Nebuchadnezzar was the same way until God humbled him (Daniel 4) and he saw Who the real King was. Daniel’s message pointed to the King. I wonder how your life, as a messenger of God, points to the King? Do you lift up Jesus Christ, or when others see you, do they only see you? Daniel refused the rewards for the chance to represent his King.
If you are a Christian, you are God’s Messenger. You are His representative on this Earth. It’s important for you to realize that there are expectations for you as an ambassador, and that there is a lost and dying world that doesn’t know the true King. Will you represent Him well? Will you be His messenger?