16 Mar Our command to rejoice
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” Psalm 5:11 (NIV)
A new friend said to me recently, “what is it with you Salvos? You constantly display an innately positive attitude in your mission to drive lasting change in the communities you serve. Where do you get all this energy and joyfulness?”
To me, the answer to this question is simple as it is this same joy that has been the bedrock of my life since age 7. For Salvos, our joy is generated and validated through our relationship with Jesus and continually affirmed by his resurrection power. Yes, we are continually inspired by how humanity can come together to affect change in our communities, but without the essential ingredient of Jesus’ love and sacrifice, this energy and enthusiasm would not be as dominant. Nowhere near it.
My friend’s observation didn’t surprise me. It reinforced for me what I have always known of Salvos the world over. In particular, as Tracey and I have travelled around Australia over the last six-weeks we have consistently encountered Salvos with a spirit of optimism, joy and intentionality in their life and ministry. In listening to people serving on the frontline of our mission, we have seen how our new national vision is being embraced joyfully.
The coming Sunday and Monday brings yet another opportunity to be glad and rejoice. Thousands of Salvos will recommit to their covenant of Soldiership or Junior Soldiership and affix their commitment to our new national vision. This is a moment to be proud. A moment to be glad. A moment to rejoice! I once again encourage you to be part of this collective moment of commitment for our national movement.
This theme is again reinforced in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (5:19) where he encourages us to constantly turn our hearts to God moment-by-moment throughout the day through music and prayer. God’s command to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4) should be our default position in every aspect of our lives. Living with an attitude of uninhibited positivity is undoubtedly the key to success in mission in our quest to transform lives with His love.
My prayer today is that we fix our eyes on the worthiness, purity and beauty of Jesus and rely on His grace, peace and love that gives motivation to serve Him joyfully always.