The Cracked Plate: Commissioned for God’s Service

Archbishop Greg Venables of the Southern Cone gave a difficult commissioning address to those in the Anglican Network in Canada, departing as they are from their original church:

God is presenting us with an opportunity to say to an old and sad world with all its sense of nowhere to go, we have got to the end of our resoruces.  We have done all we can to transform this world, we have ended up where we started. We thought education would change everything.  But we do things as badly as the people before us, just more quickly.  This has happened because people have departed from the way God has provided through Jesus.  God has spoken through the word incarnate.

This great difficulty we are facing is God’s opportunity. Please see it as that. At moments like this the Lord will surprise everyone.  His authority.  He had every right to do what he wanted to do.  Jesus never justified himself.  Jesus has the power to do whatever he wants to do.

Jesus did what he wanted to do because he cared.  He does what he does because he loves us.  God is love. We are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart and mind and strength. We are stuck because we do not know how to do it.

You always find mixed motives in yourself.  We cannot hope to love, or consider how to love till we have accepted God’s love. To love you have to be loved. The first challenge we face is to be loved. Love those who disagree with us.  Lets love them.  Lets make sure that that love comes out in everything we do.  They are in a terrible place because they are denying the love of the Son of God.

We have to do something. The disciples were not volunteers.  Once you have been called you are involved.  You have been commissioned which means you are accountable.  You are called to obey. To do what God wants you to do.  We are living in the creation of God where God has spoken and we are called to obey.

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