What is the CSMR! CA Bear The California State Military Reserve is the official state defense force, and enables the Golden State to do more. It is a part of the California Military Department, along with the state’s National Guard and Air National Guard. Its mission is to augment the National Guard in a variety of support roles, and to specialize in homeland defense and emergency management missions. READ MORE ....

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By Capt. Christopher Fowler

In the Bible, there are many instances where the Lord has “set apart” people, like us, to perform the work He has for them to do. The term set apart means “to appoint,” “to separate out” or “to set apart for some, specific purpose”.

One, very powerful example of setting someone apart to do God’s work occurs in the Book of Acts, Chapter 13.  Apostles Paul and Barnabas were at the church in Antioch (in modern-day Syria), when the Holy Spirit spoke to church members:  “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Paul for the [ministry] work to which I have called them.”  Then, when the church members “had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on [Barnabas and Paul], they sent them away.”  Thus began Paul’s first missionary journey to the Gentiles.

As a citizen-soldier/airman with the CSMR, have you ever thought that what you do is a “calling from God?”  That you have been set apart by Him for a special purpose – to serve our communities, State, and Nation?  When we view what we do as a calling from God that activity moves from the mundane to the sacred, because the Lord inhabits our work!

In his epistle to the Ephesians, Paul tells us that we are “God’s workmanship [literally, work of art, masterpiece] . . . created  . . . for good works, which [He] prepared beforehand, so that [we] could walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).  God’s intention for each one of us is that our lives will result in acts of service to Him, by serving others.

Capt. Christopher Fowler

As we faithfully go about discharging our duties as citizen-soldiers/airmen, let’s take the time to reflect on the fact that it is God who has called us to service.  And, His involvement, makes what we do incredibly important and meaningful!  May the Lord pour His blessings on each of you!