I was recently looking back through some old photos and came across a photo of my Swearing in as a Queensland Police Officer back some 25 years ago. They were great memories and made me reflect on the huge amount of training and study that went into getting me to that point.
It made me think about how amazing it was to get to that point. But also the harsh challenge that we were not trained to just get to the swearing in ceremony but for a greater cause. We couldn’t just get our uniform on, strap a gun to our side, get our badge in the pocket and then sit behind a desk. We went through that significant process to leave the Police Station.
I began to think about my current role as a Pastor and I started to think about the correlation between the two experiences. How often do we get equipped to be followers of Jesus – we go to all the conferences and do all the training, we say the right things and get suited up in our uniform (which is even more problematic for me as a Salvation Army Officer) and we never leave our desk. We never leave the building.
Alan Hirsh says “there is no such thing as an unsent follower of Jesus.” From what I’ve read in Scripture I believe that is what it’s saying to us as well. We are sent to someone.
I wonder if you have your uniform on but you have never left the station and gone to the people Jesus is sending you to?