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Blog: Witness Ambassadors! The ECHO of Heaven!

Using the ECHO model as a framework, we can outline the Apostle Paul’s life and mission as an ambassador of Christ, closely aligning with his teachings in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

The acronym ECHO and the process involved will shed light in our lives as messengers of Christ to our community through the gift of ambassadorship as outlined below:

E- Embrace the Call (Creation of Sound).
C- Carry the message (Propagation of Sound)
H- Harness Relationships (Reflection of Sound)
O- Obtain Eternal Reception (Sound Reception)

Let us dive in:

• Embrace the Call (Creation of Sound): St. Paul’s transformation on the road to Damascus was the moment he embraced his call. As a new creation in Christ, his previous life as the persecutor of Christians – passed away, making way for his new identity and mission. This embracing of the call marked the resounding of a ‘Divine Echo,’ initiating his journey as an ambassador for Christ. Paul’s life resonated with the voice of heaven as he began to live out his new, Christ-centered identity.

• Carry on the Message (Propagation of Sound): Once transformed, the apostle Paul ardently carried on the message of reconciliation entrusted to him. He said “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Traveling extensively, he propagated this message across various regions, cultures, and communities. Much like sound waves carrying through the air, Paul’s missionary journeys and epistles extended the reach of the Gospel, spreading the message of peace, grace, and redemption through Christ.

• Harness Relationships (Reflection of Sound): St. Paul’s interactions with diverse groups – from Jewish communities to Gentile believers – reflect the ‘sound’ of his message. Through his relationships, Paul not only preached but demonstrated the Gospel, bridging cultural and religious divides. His life was a practical echo of Christ’s teachings, as he built and nurtured Christian communities, reflecting God’s love and grace in his every action.

• Obtain Homeland Reception (Reception of Sound): St. Paul’s life as an ambassador culminated in his steadfast hope of receiving the crown of righteousness from the Lord (2 Timothy 4:8). Despite hardships and persecution, he remained focused on the eternal reward, confident in the grace of Jesus Christ that will carry him to the reception in the heavenly kingdom.

Discussion Questions:

How does the ECHO model provide a framework for understanding our role as witness ambassadors in the world?

How does St. Paul’s transformation and embracing of his calling inspire each of us to embrace the sweet sound of the gospel and our ultimate purpose in life?

Reflecting on the apostle Paul’s extensive efforts to spread the Gospel, what challenges and opportunities do you foresee in carrying on the message of reconciliation in today’s diverse and complex world?

How can we effectively harness our relationships to reflect and amplify the Gospel’s message in our daily interactions and community engagements?

In what ways we stay motivated and steadfast in our ambassadorial mission, keeping in view the ultimate reception in God’s kingdom?