15 Sep Touching the wave
One of the great metaphors described by the Founder of our God-inspired movement, General William Booth in his iconic hymn, O Boundless Salvation, is the profound imagery of the ocean –washing over humanity as they experience the all-inclusive, redeeming love of Christ. One particular line from the Founder’s song that has been in my head this last week is: “The tide is now flowing, I’m touching the wave, I hear the loud call of the mighty to save!”
This week across The Salvation Army in Australia, Salvationists will again have the chance to touch the wave of vision God has inspired in His Army. Since the early months of this year, 2500 Salvationists have been consulted and a God-given national vision has been articulated. Now we begin the journey of ‘Living Our Vision’ as we head back to local communities across the nation where Salvos are living, loving and fighting alongside others to transform Australia one life at a time with the love of Jesus and present His vision there.
This week we have continued this vision journey and had a number of Salvos participate in test workshops that will be occurring in the coming weeks for Corps, social programs and other groups to discover what ‘Living Our Vision’ looks like in local communities.
I’m pleased to report there was a real and dynamic excitement as people began to unpack what the national vision means and how it is and can be further expressed in their local settings. Next weekend, Tracey and I alongside 40 people chosen from every division and region of the Salvation Army in Australia are coming together to be trained to return to their divisions and equip local leaders to run a ‘Living Our Vision’ workshop in their corps or program.
As aligned vision is one of the key pillars of Australia One, I stand in awe as this continues to be realised. This vision of God for His Salvation Army, captured following 100 days of unceasing prayer and 100 days of shared scripture, has come to a point of articulation from the heart-felt expressions of Salvos across every state and expression of ministry. This is a vision that we own together. It is not the vision of current leadership alone but a shared vision as ‘partners in this great gospel’ (Philippians 1:3-5).
I truly believe God is asking us to ride the wave of His vision for The Salvation Army. As we hear his loud call to present this vision, he is accomplishing abundantly more than we can ever ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us.
Let me encourage you to watch out for the announcement of ‘Living Our Vision’ workshops that you can participate in. Next month’s issue of Others has a feature on the ‘Living Our Vision’ journey. Begin to pray and invite others to pray with you for what ‘Living Our Vision’ can look like in your local community.