A few months ago, I was looking at a copy of the Officer’s Covenant, the document I will be signing in just a few short months. This is not just a contract or a pledge – this is my commitment to God and to The Salvation Army as an officer. It is nothing to take lightly. It reads:
CALLED BY GOD
to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
as an officer of The Salvation Army
I BIND MYSELF TO HIM IN THIS SOLEMN COVENANT
to love and serve him supremely all my days,
to live to win souls and make their salvation the first purpose of my life,
to care for the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, love the unlovable, and befriend those who have no friends,
to maintain the doctrines and principles of The Salvation Army, and, by God’s grace to prove myself a worthy officer.
In preparation for my commissioning in June, I decided to dissect the covenant and reflect on each portion. Every-other week, starting Friday, December 11, I will be posting some of my reflections on each part of the Officer’s Covenant. It will culminate on Commissioning Weekend in early June.
If this is a Covenant you are considering for the future, I hope this will begin to prepare your heart and mind for what you are entering. If this is a Covenant you have signed in the past, I hope it will be an encouragement and reminder to your calling and your ministry. If this is not a Covenant you plan to sign or have signed, I hope this will be an opportunity to appreciate the dedication of your officers and to incorporate some of the principles of this Covenant into your own life.