I was putting my life on the line. I had just stated my commitment to serve my country as a Marine Corps officer, during my commissioning ceremony. This is what I said in part:
I will carefully and diligently discharge the duties of this office by which I was appointed. I will observe and follow such orders and directions as given to me by the President of the United States of America or other superior ranking officers in accordance with the laws of the United States of America.
There was another time in my life I became part of a movement that was much more significant than my military commitment. It was when I became born again into the family of God. I did Romans 10:9, confessing with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead.
By making the decision to become born again, came a remarkable calling and commissioning that had far-reaching ramifications. I became part of the Body of Christ that had the commissioning “to make people of the world disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19) and “be a witness to all people... even to the uttermost parts of the world” (Acts 1:8).
In doing this I became part of the Family Business, helping my Heavenly Father reach His passion to have “All men saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” ( I Timothy 2:4).
Every born again believer is given the ministry of reconciliation. Every believer has the privilege to be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:18 & 20). With these realities, we now take our orders from Him.
God has put His Son’s life on the line for us. Now we take on the responsibility to share His salvation message to the world.
Now it is up to me to carry out this charge. It is up to me to develop myself to be a good ambassador for Christ and work together with other saints. But, ultimately it is a matter of, “Go, stand and speak ...to the people all the words of this life” (Acts 5:20).