Thursday, June 7, 2012

Salvation Army Officer's Covenant: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing


When I became a Salvation Army Officer, I signed a covenant (an agreement with God). I signed this document in the presence of others as my witness. I have eagerly revisited these words lately, as my passion has been to keep the main thing, the main thing. Let me say this:

While the demands of life seemingly force me into a vortex of mediocrity (the same old things everyday), this officer's covenant keeps me focused on the main reason for my existence. 

Even if you have read the Salvation Army Officer's Covenant before, have a read of what this covenant says:


MY COVENANT

CALLED BY GOD
to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
as an officer of The Salvation Army

I BIND MYSELF TO HIM IN THIS SOLEMN COVENANT
to love and serve him supremely all my days,

to live to win souls and make their salvation the first purpose of my life,

to care for the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, love the unlovable, and befriend those who have no friends,

to maintain the doctrines and principles of The Salvation Army, and, by God's grace to prove myself a worthy officer.
Done in the strength of my Lord and Saviour, and in the presence of (the following wording to be adapted to local circumstances) the Territorial Commander, training college officers and fellow cadets.


So I intend on keeping the main thing, the main thing. I will not be distracted by the busyness of life, the temptations of the devil, or the niceness of church programs and ministries. I will live to fulfil this covenant and by God's grace, I'll one day hear God say, 'Hey, well done, good and faithful servant!'

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