Saturday, July 18, 2015

Personal Reflections on Boundless: CONCLUSION Elizabeth Hogan-Hayduk (Canada)

Finally, the emphasis on service to others permeated the Boundless Congress. 

I was reminded that the most important things in my life are my salvation through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary and the call of God on my life.  Jesus was a servant-King during His time on earth, and Christians are called to follow His example. He didn’t allow anything to side-track Him from doing what the Holy Spirit called Him to do.  Neither should we allow ourselves to get distracted from doing and being what Jesus asks of us. Christ demonstrated that all of His followers are called to build the Kingdom of God via building relationships with others.  Nothing changes that call to service on my life—not my gender, race, age, nor church denomination—I am still ‘saved to serve’. Sometimes we overlook the needs of others. So, I have learned to frequently pray, “God, open my eyes to the doors that You are opening.” 
God provides us with material resources and spiritual gifts to be used in our service to others, because He works through us. From General William Booth’s well-known speech: “While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end,” (William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army, May 1912) to General Andre Cox’s Dream for The Salvation Army:

"I dream of a committed, effective and joyful Army, rooted and confident in the Word of God and on its knees. I dream of an Army that truly reflects the mind of Jesus in our commitment to the poor and the marginalized. I dream of an Army that practises what it preaches from the top leadership down, an Army that is a visible and living example of kingdom values. I dream of an Army that values its youth, where our young people feel that they have a voice. I dream of an Army with strong, relevant and streamlined administrative structures and a much more effective use of our financial and material resources. I dream of an Army where all cultures are equally accepted and celebrated through the spiritual ties that bind us all together. I dream of an Army that shuns the dependency culture,” it’s clear that The Salvation Army has a comprehensible mission. But all Christians are called to share in that mission—what if we switched the term “Army” to “the Church”, would we share and catch the vision for General Cox’s dream?  

General Cox reminded us that, “Booth’s vision is a powerful reminder: ‘We are still an army engaged in a fierce battle to rescue those who have been damaged by life, to protect the weak, to fight evil and injustice, to help establish and defend the principles of the Kingdom of God here on earth. And then he asserted that, like William Booth, “I’ll fight to the end” and left us with the challenge, “Will you?!” 

My response, as I renew my commitment is, “I will—will you?!” The question, posed numerous times throughout the Boundless Congress, and that we each must answer for ourselves is, “WHAT IS THE LORD ASKING OF YOU?!

 Elizabeth Hogan-Hayduk (Canada)



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