We are all called by God
Last Saturday was a very special day for Karen, Fiona and myself. Yes, we were nervous, but at the same time we were all excited to be standing in front of so many family and friends who had come along to support us, encourage us and pray for us as we were ordained into the Anglican church.
It is a privilege for Karen, Fiona and myself to be set apart to serve in the church, but as Bishop Matt reminded us, we have all been chosen and set apart to do God’s work.
1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”.
In the Old Testament, Israel was called to be God’s chosen people on earth, and the Israelites were to be witnesses to God. The people didn’t approach God directly, instead a priest would act as a mediator between God and the sinful human beings. In fact, it was the high priest who would enter into the presence of God once a year on the Day of Atonement. No other person could do that.
Today, thanks to Jesus, things are quite different. We no longer offer animal sacrifices, instead we offer up our lives as we are called to be a kingdom of priests.
The Church is now God’s chosen people and we have the freedom to approach God directly and come into His presence without fear or trembling (Hebrews 4:16) and we do this through prayer as we talk to God and he talks back to us.
We have also been given the responsibility of reconciling others to God (2 Cor 5:18-21), and we are to do this daily as we share the Gospel at all times and if necessary use actions and words.
Yes, Karen, Fiona and myself have been set apart to serve the Church, but we all have a role to play and we have all been chosen to represent God to those we meet!
Let’s continue to go in peace to love and serve the Lord…In the name of Christ, Amen.
Children’s and Youth Minister