Monday, November 15, 2010

God Commissioned

In opening his letter to the Christians in Galatia Paul tells them that he is "God Commissioned".

This short simple phrase really helped me today.

I remember at the age of 16 going to tell my Pastor that I thought that God was calling me into "the ministry". (That's how we put it back then - now we know that every Christian is a minister) He sent me away to seek God to know for sure that God had had called me into church leadership.

He said that if I didn't know for sure that I was God Commissioned I would not last.

My crisis of calling came before I even left Bible College. One night having made yet more mistakes, feeling far from God I sat on my bed and told an almost non existent God that he had one last chance to talk to me.

For some reason I picked up a hymn book and opened it at random to read:

I know not why God's wondrous grace to me he hath made known, nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for his own. But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I've committed unto him against that day.

The Chorus being a quote from 2 Timothy 1 v 12 the exact verse that God used to confirm His calling on my life.

Commissioning is defined as the act of granting certain powers or the authority to carry out a particular task or duty. And for us as believers that power and authority comes from God.

We are not self commissioned or man commissioned we are God commissioned.

Lets act like it!


robert said...

Thanks for the good thoughts, and the quotation from Daniel Whittle's gospel song. If you'd like to read the story of his most unusual conversion, I invite you to check out my daily blog on hymns, Wordwise Hymns.

And if you’ll excuse a brief “commercial:” If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at my own, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon, or directly from Jebaire Publishing. (Might make a great gift too!)

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