THE SERVANT GENERAL
A HOLY WARRIOR AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
David was a holy warrior. To be holy is to be set apart. To
be a warrior is to engage the enemy. David was set apart by
God to lead His people Israel and take the land promised by
God. He was not perfect, and actually committed two very despicable
sins, that of adultery and murder. God knew, but still raised
him, because he was “a man after my own heart; he will
carry out my every wish.” (Acts 13:22b).
is a model for being a servant leader and a holy warrior.
Those of us who are called as such are still sinners (though
we should really strive not to sin), but are distinguished
by our love for God, our imitation of Christ as humble and
suffering servant, and our docility to the Holy Spirit in
accomplishing God’s and His Church’s mission.
was among a long line of illustrious instruments used by God,
from Abram to Moses to Joshua to the “judges up to Samuel
the prophet” (Acts 13:20b) to the kings, starting with
Saul and then David (Acts 13:21-22a). This was all according
to God’s eternal plan, ultimately leading to sending
His very own Son Jesus into the world. “From this man’s
descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to
Israel a savior, Jesus.” (Acts 13:23).
As servant leaders and holy warriors, we are mere instruments.
God can and will do great things through His instruments,
as He intends, but we must never lose sight of who and what
we are. Jesus himself tells us, “Amen, amen, I say to
you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger
greater than the one who sent him.” (Jn 13:16).
must always maintain our focus on Christ, our humility in
the face of greatness, and our zeal in doing God’s will
and never ours. This was shown by God’s final instrument
before Jesus himself, and that was John the Baptist. People
thought he might be the messiah, but as he “was completing
his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that
I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not
worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’”
we understand and live out all these, then we will be used
mightily by God and be greatly blessed as we serve Him. “If
you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.”
(Jn 13:17). We must be aware that the enemy will assault us.
We can fall, and many do. Great leaders have greatly sinned,
even with adultery, murder through gossip and slander, and
pride. Remember that even one of the apostles betrayed Jesus,
who was chosen personally by him. “I know those whom
I have chosen. But so that the scripture might be fulfilled,
‘The one who ate my food has raised his heel against
me.’” (Jn 13:18b). How many times have God’s
servants ended up serving not Jesus but the evil one? How
many times have God’s warriors raised their heel not
against the devil but against their Lord?
What can help us maintain the right course?
we must know who our God is and be grateful for that. He is
the great King, “a God dreaded in the council of the
holy ones, greater and more awesome than all those around
him!” (Ps 89:8). We then serve no other gods, including
we must be faithful to God and to His cause, as He Himself
is faithful to us and to our covenant with Him. “Lord,
God of hosts, who is like you? Mighty Lord, your faithfulness
surrounds you.” (Ps 89:9). Servants can only sit around
their Master, and soldiers surround their Commander-in-Chief,
if they are faithful, loyal and dependable.
we must realize that God is Creator of the universe and Jesus
is the rightful King of the world. “Yours are the heavens,
yours the earth; you founded the world and everything in it.”
(Ps 89:12). But the enemy has usurped God’s dominion.
This is why the world is in such a terrible mess, and covered
by the darkness of sin. There is much work to be done, and
we are among those sent to do it.
we must know that our God is a victorious King and we share
in that victory. “You crush Rahab with a mortal blow;
with your strong arm you scatter your foes.” (Ps 89:11).
We then look to Him for our strength, power and victory. “You
have a mighty arm. Your right hand is strong; your right hand
is ever exalted.” (Ps 89:14). We look to confronting
the enemy with confidence. “You are their majestic strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.” (Ps 89:18). We can
endure and persevere in the struggle, under God’s protection
and care. “Truly the Lord is our shield, the Holy One
of Israel, our King!” (Ps 89:19).
With all the above, God can do for us what He has done for
David, as He “set a leader over the warriors; .... raised
up a chosen one from the people.” (Ps 89:20b). Having
chosen and anointed David His servant (Ps 89:21), God made
him strong, did not allow the enemy to defeat him, and crushed
his foes (Ps 89:22-24). God was faithful and merciful to him,
and exalted him in power and strength (Ps 89:25).
calls us and gives us the privilege to be His holy warriors.
To be blessed, we must be holy. “Blessed the people
.... who walk in the radiance of your face, Lord.” (Ps
89:16b). To be blessed, we must faithfully do our mission.
“Blessed the people who know the war cry” (Ps
89:16a). Ho-wa! We must be people after God’s own heart,
and we must carry out His every wish.
challenges we face, oppressions we endure, and pains we suffer,
we can be ever joyful, knowing we are God’s holy warriors.
“In your name they sing joyfully all the day; they rejoice
in your righteousness.” (Ps 89:17).