THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
SERVICE TO THE GOSPEL
Why are we supposed to be servants of Jesus? It is because
we belong to him. We were slaves of sin, but because Jesus
saved us on the cross, we were freed, but now are to be slaves
of righteousness. As such, being a freed person in the Lord,
we are now slaves of Christ. Jesus paid for us with his blood
shed on the cross. Jesus freed and liberated us. “You
have loosed my bonds.” (Ps 116:16c). We have been bought
at a price. And so we belong to him. “Lord, I am your
servant” (Ps 116:16a).
God’s gift of salvation, we owe Him. When you owe, you
are supposed to repay. However, we can never repay what God
has done for us. “How can I repay the Lord for all the
great good done for me? (Ps 116:12). So what are we to do?
We are to serve God. And the best service is to help Him bring
salvation, already won by Jesus, to many others as well. This
is through the work of evangelization. “I will raise
the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.”
(Ps 116:13). Our intent is that others will also call upon
His name, so that they will be saved.
was clear to Jesus. He started his public ministry by calling
people to repentance and faith, thus experiencing salvation
(which he was to win on the cross). “This is the time
of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and
believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15). What Jesus was doing
was “proclaiming the gospel of God” (Mk 1:14).
Now Jesus knew that after his short public ministry, he would
pass on the continuing work to others. So right at the very
start, he formed his core group. He called his would-be servants
together. And they would be trained to proclaim the gospel
and help bring people to salvation. “Come after me,
and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mk 1:17).
do we repay God? We cannot. But we can serve Him. We can carry
on the very divine work of Jesus. We can commit our whole
selves to the work of evangelization, to the ends of the earth.
“I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all
his people.” (Ps 116:14/18).