Thursday, May 10, 2007

Departures

"I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right. I may have been wrong. That is your call. But believe one thing, if nothing else. I did what I thought was right for our country... It has been an honour to serve it. I give my thanks to you, the British people, for the times I have succeeded, and my apologies to you for the times I have fallen short."
Tony Blair, May 10th 2007

I was thinking today about the commission given to me 3.5 years ago as I started as a UCCF staff worker - something I'll finish doing on August 19th - that day Martin Downes preached from Acts 20...

"I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you"
Acts 20:18-24, ESV

It's challenging and humbling to reflect on whether I've fulfilled this commission. I hope I have to some extent and yet I feel I've passed up so many opportunities out of disobedience and cowardice.
I'm thankful for God's faithfulness along the way, and glad of the great works he has done through my weaknesses.
Tonight I sat on a grill a Christian panel with seven weeks of student ministry here remaining, fourteen as a CUSW. After that I move into a new role in UCCF with it's own challenges and opportunities and the same mandate. May my life be worth nothing to me, if only I can finish the race and testify to his grace.

3 comments:

  1. Any word on what the 'new role' will be?

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  2. Brother, don't compare yourself to Tone - I much prefer the Apostle Paul analogy. Your work leads to eternal glory for Christ our Saviour.

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  3. adrian, agreed!

    was a mere coincidence that i was thinking about this, and then checked the news and found out about blair going.

    looking eternally is best.

    love your favourite 'soundbite'

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