God Given Mission
Quite by surprise, On Wednesday 14th December I received a phone call from Pastor Errol Williams bringing my attention to my photograph being included on the COGOP website. Not being brilliant on the computer as I was with a pen and paper It took me a little while to find it. He surprised me further by asking me to write a short note for inputting on this site. I hesitated but agreed to do so. I considered what I should write. I prayed about it. You can judge if the content is worth reading.
Exodus 3:3, lead me to believe that the revered leader ‘Moses’ was a very curious man who found a lot more than he had bargained for when he investigated the burning bush. So much so that he hid his face in the ground and became very afraid (Exodus 3:6). When informed by God of his assigned commission he doubted his own ability (Exodus 3:10-11). Continued reluctance followed (Exodus 3:13) even in the real and undeniable presence of God and assurance given that God would be with him at all times.
God showed his patience, revealed His name, demonstrated His power, related His history, His compassion and His faithfulness (in keeping his promises to forefathers).
Moses expressed doubt and fear in in his ability (Exodus 3:10-12) God reveals more of himself for re-assurance. During my careers, in army and police, I wore a crown badge on my uniform which reminded me of who I was representing when carrying out my duties and the authority I had in doing so.
GOD also authorise Moses in Exodus 4:16, and Exodus 7:1 and gave him his name. The commission that we have, in Mark 16: 15, is similar to that given to Moses, it’s God given, with all the necessary authority and power. We are not to be timed but to face the task with boldness and courage, for the Lord thy God is with thee at all times.
In closing, I commend Sister Gloria Morris, Bishop Bernard Morris and all the Morris Family as they demonstrated and maintained exemplary characteristics and dedication, strength and commitment in their duties toward the church family at Knowle West COGOP, during their time of bereavement. We love and appreciate you.
That is all for now, except to say.
Have a really wonderful Christmas, and a successful God blessed new year.
Gladstone Alexander Hastings