Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” [Jeremiah 1:4

Let’s get something straight this morning, ordination is not a ‘set of educational requirements’ – super abundance of experience – aristocratic lineage, or intellectual acumen.  Ordination is an appointment to a task given by the King of Kings—established before birth.

At the calling of God—to be a minister of the gospel His instructions for me were to seek man’s ordination.  Keeping in mind this was many years ago and I am a female this was no minor challenge—it was and has been a baptism by fire.  However what God commands God accomplishes—I was ordained—the reasons were far more intrinsic to my knowing Him than proving myself to mankind.  Over the years it has been little concern to me—until the last few years.  Some of those God has sent me to minister among have denied it, others have been embarrassed by it, and some question the validity of it.  For the most part nobody cared!  And by His Grace I have just continued to be who He has made me to be.

In seeking Him—He has assured me this is not who I am—it is not a label or a title, but rather who I am is found in relationship—I am His friend!  What a title, what a label, what a wonderful revelation to be called the friend of God!

Whatever you are looking for today will never be found in title or label—those are manmade; they always come with a standard to reach—hoops to jump through—rules and regulations to abide by—they are not God.

I still carry the name Reverend because it is what He has used to draw me close to Him—it’s like an old rather beaten-up signpost that points to the way home—part of a journey to the highway of holiness and being His friend.

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