I, Paul, and my companions in faith here, send greetings to the Galatian churches. My authority for writing to you does not come from any popular vote of the people, nor does it come through the appointment of some human higher-up. It comes directly from Jesus the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead. I’m God-commissioned.
We are going to a commissioning. We’re dressing up in our uniforms, full uniform: tunic and heels for me and tie for him. We’ll fill the seats of the CEPAC center in Atlanta gathered to celebrate and pray for this year’s seminary students as they receive their ordination and first appointments.
This the Salvation Army way. We have four seminary’s in the US where men and women are trained to follow God’s calling to serve in this Army that’s about God’s power and not our own.
Two years will be spent studying denomination doctrine, bible history, sermon preparation, etc. while they also learn and participate in the service programs of The Salvation Army. Their days will be planned for them. A course is being set leading toward this moment of ordination, of commissioning.
This year we’re going to support a man who graduated from our ARC program. While he was in the program he made a spiritual commitment to Jesus which led him to his calling. He followed his sponsor and spiritual counselor’s advice. He walked the 12 Steps of sobriety and held to the steps in his faith walk as well. He acknowledged his higher power as God and in turning his life and will over to Him he heard God’s call on life.
The Apostle Paul said is making sure the people in Galatia know he was God-comissioned. I believe we are all God-commissioned to share God’s mercy, His grace and His love. We are expected to live as those reflecting the light of Jesus.
We may not have a vocational calling, but all believers are called, commissioned, to live a life that will honor God.
Gavin and his session-mates will receive ordination. Henry and I have cards that say we are “Ministers of Religion”. We are officially recognized to perform duties requiring ordination. We can marry and bury.
Have you considered your commission?
How are you living your calling?
These are questions I need to reflect on daily. Each day, every day.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.