Soldiers of God; what is your Commission?
Jesus told His disciples, ‘ Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.
And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’
St. Matthew, Ch. 28, V: 19 – 20.
What doe He say to you and to me? The basis of all our commissions is the same as that given to the disciples but Jesus calls us to fulfil it in different ways.
St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians Ch. 12, V: 28 that some will fulfil our commissions as apostles, prophets, teachers, miracle workers, healers, helpers, as part of a team and in speaking in tongues. But those are only examples. We can add many others to this list. For example, we can be commissioned as parents, carers, clerical staff, cleaners, doctors, scientists, shop assistants, social workers, fund raisers, and so on. It is not where we are placed in society and in the church and what is our daily work that defines our commission, but how we tell the Good News, and how we bring others to God while following all that Christ has taught us, where we are!
Paul reminds us in Ephesians Ch. 6, v: 14 – 17, that as Christ’s soldiers, we should put on God’s armour of righteousness to protect us. This consists of: the belt of truth, shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.
Jesus did not expect His disciple to carry out their commission without His help, and He doesn’t expect us to either. They had to wait for the’ power source’ that He would send them to show them exactly what each one had to do. That power was Jesus Himself coming to them and to us in another form and entering into their and our souls. This is the Holy Sprit whose coming we celebrate at Pentecost, or Whitsun as we call it.
Let us therefore rejoice as we take Him into ourselves once again this year enabling us to continue and to grow in the faith, in thought and in word and in deed and to build on all that discipline and change we experienced through our lives and especially through the Church’s seasons of Lent and Easter.
You ask me Father to put on Your armour but often I find it too heavy
to wear. I want to be free of it again. But I know deep inside that I cannot
stand my ground for You and I cannot survive the arrows of evil that are
aimed at me from all directions without it. Let me daily breath in the source
of Your power in the Holy Spirit so that Your armour becomes lighter and easier
to wear and in my hands, the sword of the Spirit will defend and protect me in
my place in the battle for Your Kingdom, that lies ahead.