THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
JUSTICE ON EARTH
Today’s reading: Isaiah 42:1-7
Isaiah speaks about the servant of the Lord. Jesus of course
is the ultimate servant, but we too are all called to be servants
of Jesus and servants to the Church. Now what does God do
for an authentic servant that he has chosen? “Here is
my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased.
Upon him I have put my spirit” (v.1a). God chooses His
servant, empowers him with His Spirit, and then upholds, supports,
sustains, defends and backs him up.
turn, what is the servant to do? “He shall bring forth
justice to the nations.” (v.1b). What is justice? It
is to give to a person what is his due. To God is due awe
and worship; to our fellowmen is due respect as a child of
God; to the poor is due an equitable share of the world’s
goods. And so on. Thus an authentic servant of God is one
who will act in God’s place as His instrument, to be
able to bring upon the world what God intended from the very
beginning, according to His very plan.
example, with regard to the poor, the servant is “to
open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.” (v.7).
God did not intend for people to be blind, whether physically
or spiritually; rather, they are to see the beauty of what
God has created, and see things with spiritual vision. God
did not intend people to be in physical prisons; rather, they
ought to be free to enjoy life. Neither did God intend people
to be in dungeons, in spiritual darkness, captive to unruly
and sinful desires and actions; rather, God intends for them
to be free of the dominion of the evil one, to live lives
according to His ways.
does the authentic servant go about his work? One, he is faithful.
“He will faithfully bring forth justice.” (v.3b).
He works with zeal and determination to do his work. Two,
he will endure and persevere to accomplish his task. “He
will not grow dim or be bruised until he establishes justice
on the earth” (v.4a). He will not give up in the face
of certain difficulties, challenges, disappointments, oppression,
persecution, suffering and pain.
can we ever accomplish the very work of God? Well, precisely,
God wants us as His instrument. We are mere instruments. But
the all-powerful God, for whom nothing is impossible, “who
created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out
the earth and its produce,” is the one “who gives
breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it”
(v.5). God provides what is needed! God does want to accomplish
His purpose, to bring justice to the earth He has created,
and He does this in and through His servants.
God has truly chosen us, if we respond the faithfulness and
perseverance, if we remain true and loyal to God, if we allow
Him to lead and guide us, if we continue to grow in His ways,
then He assures us that He will use us to bring His light
into a darkened world, and His justice to the ends of the
earth. “I, the Lord, have called you for justice, I
have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as
a covenant for the people, a light for the nations”