What does it mean when God says you are an ambassador?

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  • Author James Rondinone
  • Published November 30, 2023
  • Word count 1,568

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You Are an Ambassador

Any idea what the qualifications are for someone who desires to be an ambassador for the United States? The article that we’ll take a look at next will tell us what an ambassador does and how someone can become one.

HOW TO BECOME A US AMBASSADOR

The need for efficient, progressive diplomatic relationships between nations is of the utmost importance. Ambassadors either have a career as Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) or are non-career political appointees. The fact that this title is prestigious and comes with a great amount of responsibility means it also requires individuals who live up to the title, stand out from the crowd, and have established professional experience. So, what does it take to become a U.S. ambassador?

What Do U.S. Ambassadors Do?

Ambassadors represent the U.S. government, or their country of origin, in place of the president or a leader. Ambassadors are also known as diplomats, as a more general term. These professionals also help travelers from their home country, explain foreign policy, and evacuate refugees from dangerous situations. Due to their careers’ delicate nature, ambassadors conduct their duties with a diplomatic mindset, intending to maintain a positive relationship between countries.

Further on, [we’ll] discuss what steps to follow if you aspire to become a U.S. ambassador.

EDUCATION AND REQUIREMENTS

Ambassadors must have stellar verbal and written communication skills. In diplomatic circles, a keen knowledge of current events—both domestic and international—is crucial. As early as you can, keep up to date with worldwide news and engage about political issues. If opportunities exist, attend publicly accessible seminars by visiting diplomats or government officials and conferences on foreign policy matters.

What to [Study to Become] an Ambassador?

Even though [the] educational requirements to become an ambassador are not specific, like with many specialist positions, a graduate degree is preferred or required with the Foreign Service. Most ambassadors hold a degree in political science, international relations, history, or other related disciplines. A master’s degree or Ph.D. can accelerate the diplomatic career of aspiring ambassadors. Also, these individuals tend to include foreign language courses in their studies.

What [Will Make You Stand Out]?

Certain things will make you stand out from other potential Foreign Service candidates. Being fluent in other languages is a high-demand quality. Some languages include Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish.

From early on, prospective ambassadors should:

Develop leadership skills

Lay the foundation for political affiliation

Do as much humanitarian work as possible

Internships and overseas experience are fundamental for this career path. The U.S. Department of State offers two internship paths for students interested in U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy:

The Pathways Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

Other worthwhile and valuable internships and volunteer opportunities include organizations such as:

The United Nations

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)

The World Bank

The International Organization for Migration

The Peace Corps

Personal [Qualities]

Essentially, the ambassador’s job is to be a mediator between two governments, which are often not likely to agree on all issues. The role, while highly regarded, is demanding to a fault. Some indispensable qualities include:

The capacity to stay poised, to think on one’s feet, and to maintain self-control

Be adaptive, value systems, political beliefs, and economic circumstances of other cultures

Have the ability to absorb complex information from various sources and draw rational conclusions

The capability to discern what is appropriate, practical, and sensible in a given situation

Have [the] quality to stay unbiased to avoid deceit, favoritism, and discrimination

The potential to establish positive relationships and gain the confidence of others

CAREER GROWTH

This isn’t a job you can [obtain] overnight. You have to climb up the ladder by showing potential and determination. Here are steps that you should follow to be eligible for an ambassadorship.

Choose a [Profession]

To become a U.S. ambassador, firstly, you need to become a Foreign Service Officer. Selecting a career track is a major decision since you may not be able to change your mind once you choose a path during the registration for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). Career opportunities include:

Consular Officer

Economic Officer

Management Officer

Political Officer

Public Diplomacy Officer

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

After deciding on a career, you can register for the tests before deadlines or until capacity is reached. Before taking the Foreign Service Officer Test, you may take the FSOT Practice Test to experience a practical preview and receive an estimate of your likelihood of passing the FSOT.

If you pass the FSOT multiple-choice section, you will receive an email asking you to submit a Personal Narrative (PN) to the Qualifications Evaluation Panel (QEP). Successful applicants then get invited to take the Oral Assessment.If you successfully pass the Foreign Service Officer Test, Qualifications Evaluation Panel, Oral Assessment, security and medical clearances, and a suitability review, [you’re] placed on a hiring register. People with higher scores will be positioned higher and hired depending on the needs of the Foreign Service.

Gain [Experience]

Part of life in the Foreign Service is moving every few years. Even if [they’re] not in your primary focus area or are located in distant or precarious locations, accept all posts submitted to you. This way, by being flexible, you prove your commitment to the career of diplomacy and your ambition to be groomed for an ambassadorship.

Once you get your first job, you’ll need to work your way up, so make sure to be noticeable, do your job well, and network. As much as skills are important, networking plays a big part in reaching your final goal. Become an expert on the history, geography, culture, language, political systems, and role of that particular country in the global economy.

Receive Appointment

Climbing the ladder, as mentioned before, requires time and continuous commitment. By getting involved with your chosen political party and showing [reliability] and attentiveness, the odds are more in your favor at attracting national attention from decision-makers.

Overall, engage as much as possible with the U.S. government’s policy on that country. Hopefully, [you’ll get nominated as ambassador by the president] to serve as a United States diplomat to individual nations of the world, international organizations, or ambassador-at-large.

Gaining ambassadorship is a process that will take unmatched dedication, time, and an impressive skill set. However, if you put both your mind and heart [into] it, the journey will be well worth it. We hope these tips helped guide you. Additionally, if you were unsure about following this path, and this article convinced you, you can start by enrolling in BAU’s Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations program.149

As we’ve become aware, becoming a US ambassador takes years of effort. Well, what about you? Are you an ambassador? For whom? A verse from the book of 2 Corinthians will provide us with the answer.

2 Corinthians 5:20

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.

Did you know that you’re an ambassador for Christ, i.e., someone who represents and carries a message from Him to be presented to those who don’t know Him personally? As God did beseech (plead; appeal to) the Corinthians by the Apostle Paul and Timothy, before they were saved, to respond to the gospel of repentance and faith, likewise, they prayed after their conversion that they would also engage in and present this same message to those that weren’t saved, i.e., so that they may become reconciled to God.

Whether the Corinthian saints responded to the encouragement to share the good news of Christ, they’re still ambassadors for Him. And so are you. Their response didn’t change their position before God.

Whether you might consider yourself as someone who can’t witness to others because you have issues, this doesn’t change the criteria that has made you Christ’s ambassador. What are they, you ask? You are: accepted in the beloved, sealed with the Holy Spirit, beloved, a new creation, complete in Christ, etc.

Don’t allow the way you’ve been thinking, speaking, or acting cast doubt on whether you’re truly someone who represents Christ. Remember, you’re an ambassador who acts on Christ’s behalf, whose duty is to publish the tidings of redemption, the offer of pardon, [and to urge and entreat] men that they accept the gospel and thus enjoy the blessings of reconciliation with God. - T.150 So, learn and reflect upon God’s Word one day, one hour, one moment at a time on whom God says you are. And over time, this verse will become a reality in your life.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

One of the most misunderstood blessings that you’ve inherited is what we’ll take a look at next. Any idea what this might pertain to in regard to your new life in Christ? Let’s find out.

Endnotes

149“How to Become a US Ambassador,” BAU 4 November 2022

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150The Pulpit Commentary.

My name is James Rondinone. I am a husband, father, and spiritual leader.

I grew up in Massachusetts and began my own spiritual journey early on in life.

I attended Bible college, having completed a two-year Christian Leadership Course of Study and graduated as valedictorian (Summa Cum Laude).

Studying and teaching the Word of God has been a passion of mine for over 20 years.

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