Monthly Reflection – May 2013
I hope that this month’s reflection finds you well- This month’s reflection has been written by Andy ROBINSON a member of the Hertfordshire Branch. Andy has met with Chris Upton and I over the last few months and has asked to become more involved with the work being done by the Branch. Chris and I both feel that after meeting with Andy and praying with him that he has a real heart for the work of the C.P.A. As such Chris and I have asked Andy to join us on the Branch Leadership Team in the role of Assistant Branch Leader- Andy will work alongside Chris and I representing the Branch locally and assisting with events on behalf of the C.P.A.- he has recently represented the Branch at a church in Royston to speak about the work of the C.P.A. and his walk with God as a Police Officer. I would ask that you lift Andy, Chris and I up in your prayers as your Leadership Team.
So over to Andy!
Branch Leader Hertfordshire C.P.A.
Before launching into this month’s reflection I wanted to briefly introduce myself…
My name is Andy Robinson and I am married with two beautiful, hyperactive boys, (3 years and 19 months). We live in Bedfordshire, having moved there from Hertford last year.
I love God, my family and my job. I like to keep them in that order but regularly fail, which is why I need the grace of God and the support of my fellow believers – as we all do! This is one of the reasons why the CPA is so important, and I pray that I can do my bit in praying for, and supporting everyone involved with the work of the CPA, particularly in Hertfordshire.
I came to faith in Christ as a gradual process through my upbringing in a Christian home. I made a personal commitment in my late teens, accepting that I needed salvation from my own flawed human nature and sinfulness, and that Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross was the only way to have an eternal relationship with God.
I trained and worked as a Physiotherapist before sharply changing career direction and joining the Police in 2007. I completed my probation with Surrey Police and then moved to Hertfordshire Constabulary when Ruth and I got married in 2009. I spent 4 years on Intervention at Hertford and have recently moved to the ANPR Intercept team at Hatfield.
In my limited spare time I like to play guitar, go running and do DIY.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (Matthew 13:44)
What would you be willing to give up for the Kingdom of God?
The answer is simple – one word required – but very difficult to say with conviction – everything!
To give up everything is a tall order when we start to really examine what that would mean. I could probably part with most of my possessions, but if I had to relinquish my health, my job, my family, even my life, I’d probably start digging my heels in!
In this parable, Jesus says that the man sold EVERYTHING he had to buy the field so that he could claim the treasure. He gave up his entire wealth for something better and more precious.
The kingdom of God is the most precious treasure we will ever find, and it is there for the taking. Jesus has already given everything to buy our salvation. Our response should be joy and wholehearted sacrifice, just like the man and that bought the field. There is nothing better to be found in the whole universe than the Kingdom of God and eternal salvation!
Although it is difficult to imagine having to give up everything for the sake of the gospel, Jesus says that we have to be prepared to go the distance for his glory. It is easier it give something up if there is a greater reward for doing so. Yes, we may suffer horrendously and lose everything that we have in this life, but the treasure that we find is infinitely greater than anything we lose. From a purely utilitarian point of view it is ‘the greater good’. It is giving up ham sandwich for a roast dinner, it is trading in a Nissan Micra for a Ferrari!
If faced with a life and death choice I want to be able to say “yes Lord, I freely and joyfully give everything up for you”. There is no way I could do this in my own strength and I pray for the peace and courage to see it through should I ever have to. I probably will never have to die for my faith, but I am instructed to die to myself daily, and to give up my old sinful ways to follow Christ. This is as much of a challenge, and I also pray for perseverance and strength to do this, so that I may inherit the priceless treasure. The reward is far greater than the cost.
Giving up everything for Christ is not a fair exchange, but not on our part – on His!