“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit.” – John 15:16
Yesterday was an exciting day for my wife and I, as our church held a special Ordination Service in our honor and officially ordained me to the Gospel Ministry!
As I prepare to graduate from seminary in just a few months, it is truly amazing to look back and reflect on all the ways the Lord has blessed my family and I. He has given us a sweet church family, and we left the service yesterday feeling completely loved, appreciated, and inspired to go out and do great things for the Kingdom of God.
This milestone has also given me a reason to really reflect on what it means to be ordained. The word “ordain” is full of rich meaning. First, it means to divinely predestine something. Isn’t it powerful to think that God has had a specific and unique purpose prepared for each of us since before the beginning of time?
To “ordain” also means to appoint, and it is important to know that God Himself has called me to serve as a pastor and appointed me to this task. He has placed me on this path, and is the ultimate Authority that I must answer to. While I may never be able to make all the people around me happy, as long as I please Him I’ll be doing just fine…
Finally, to ordain someone to an office means to bestow something upon them. No matter what God calls us to do in life, He will bestow us with the gifts, wisdom, and grace we need to accomplish it. As long as we depend on Him daily, He’ll give us everything we need to succeed.
You may not be called to preach, but each of us has been given a powerful purpose. What special assignment has He ordained for you?