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Response to Pillar Two Of General Eva Burrows’ Agenda for the Future
by Captain Jo Brookshaw

“To call the Army to spiritual renewal.”

 

How strongly do we feel about spiritual renewal?

 

Automatically, I respond “I’m absolutely committed. 100%!”  But to weigh this more carefully, I would have to admit that spiritual renewal is just one amongst many values I hold, but have not set as a purposeful agenda for living. You see, although I have committed my life to the purposes of winning souls and making their salvation the first purpose of my life, the day-to-day life I lead consists of activities and interactions that do not always lead to these results.

 

Do I preach the gospel? Yes.

Do I love and care for those in my community? Yes.

Do I witness people being spiritually renewed? Sometimes, but not to the degree I know is possible according to what I have read in scripture!

 

As General Eva outlined, we need to not only feel strongly about spiritual renewal, but also allow it clarify our stand, direct our thoughts strategically, shape our priorities and become a yardstick for our effectiveness. In other words, our high hopes need to become grounded and engaged in missional purpose.

 

Are you ready to go deeper?

 

Spiritual renewal depends on us being a spiritual people, “a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9), a people committed to purity and holiness, both individually and as a movement called by God. In these days, it is tempting to lose an emphasis on holy living, by dumbing down our ideals for soldiers and officers, by chasing after the agenda of the world and calling it Godly. But, it is only by the work of the Holy Spirit that we can truly become holy people.

 

Yes that’s right, holiness comes not from keeping rigid rules, being a lovely old dear, or looking immaculate in your soldier’s uniform. Holiness is a direct result of the Holy Spirit’s work of continual renewal in a person’s spirit. It cannot be manufactured, or earned as a reward, holiness is a gift available to all who desire the Holy Spirit’s empowering in their life. Jesus himself said, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’” Luke 11:13

 

This is news worth sharing – an antidote and a balm to a hurting world who need a solution to their brokenness. The absolute beauty of The Holy Spirit alive and active within us, is that the same spirit empowers and renews other Christians in our Corps and other Churches. We have a life-giving opportunity to connect and work together to grow the kingdom of God as directed and empowered by the Spirit!

 

This renewal begins in you and can expand to effect spiritual transformation in your family, school, work, gym, community, or even your favourite hobby (the Holy Spirit renewing people through art? Count me in!).  It’s time to earnestly seek holiness and intentionally plan for the ripples of spiritual renewal to impact the world that’s right now within your grasp. Holy Spirit, quicken our hearts to your voice today!

 

 

  

 

 

   

 

 

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