(A note I shared with our younger brothers at seminary, on the eve of their convocation which was to be held on 17th March, 2017)
Dearest final year brothers at seminary,
We were privileged to be your mentors for a short time, within the limitations of our immaturity and inexperience. And we all are glad that the Lord has brought you this far, only by His grace, and not by our merit. We are happy that you have come this far. You are the last batch of the seminary that we knew well.
As you approach convocation, may the Lord bless you and fill you with His Spirit.The Lord needs servants who read His word and listen to His voice. May He keep you close to His heart just as you have kept Him.
May the humility of Christ in Philippians 2:6–10 be your trademark, your signature, your logo. May His commitment to give the very best to His people be the force that drives you in His ministry.
May the rest he has ordained into the rhythm of creation be rightfully claimed regularly. Don’t forget.
May your families be a blessing. May your love for your future wife be the love of the cross and nothing less. May your children receive the freedom and discipline which the heavenly Father has brought us up with.
May your commitment to the flock he has given you reflect that of David, who courageously tore away the wild animals, yet was gentle enough to play soothing music.
May a new language and new culture that you are placed in be readily adopted as God’s site of incarnation, and be embraced like a mother would embrace her newborn child.
Through daily quiet time, prayer and regular worship, may your ego melt away leaving only the heart and mind of Christ within you.
May gossip and slander be destroyed from your mouth immediately, the very mouth that receives His life giving body and blood.
May your hands touch only what He has given you lawfully. May your eyes see what He reveals to you.
May guilt from sin, be exchanged for eternal love, justified in His work on the cross for us, and a commitment to never repeat the same, in response to His forgiveness and grace.
There is a world out there waiting for a super human priest, but continue to serve him with all the limitations of a human priest — the very likeness of Him who chose not to employ His super powers.
Looking forward to seeing each one of you thrive in His ministry. Prepare well, there is a long journey ahead.
Welcome, my brothers.❤
Lots of love