THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
BEING MISSIONARY FAMILIES OF CHRIST – 2
2 Samuel 7:18-29
Israel was special to God. “What other nation on earth
is there like your people Israel?” (2 Sm 7:23a). Now
we Christians are the new Israel. We are God’s special
people, inheritors of the covenant. And we, as Missionary
Families of Christ, as a part of the Church, are intended
by God to do His great divine work.
said of Israel: “What god has ever led a nation, redeeming
it as his people and making a name by great and awesome
deeds, as you drove out the nations and their gods before
your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt!”
(2 Sm 7:23b). How can this relate to MFC?
too have been redeemed for God Himself from our enslavement
in the world. We are “of Christ.”
too have been brought together as a family of families,
as the body of Christ on earth. As
we have been redeemed as His people and are led by Him.
too are sent on mission. As “Missionary,” God
does great and awesome deeds through us and drives out the
false gods of nations.
Now God has done much good in the world through the mission
of MFC. This is as God intends. It is not due to our own abilities
or strength. “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house,
that you should have brought me so far?” (2 Sm 7:18b).
We have gone far simply by the grace and power of God.
But there is more! “And yet even this is too little
in your sight, Lord God!” (2 Sm 7:19a). Especially as
God has given us a new name which describes who we are and
what we are called to do. The vision has become clearer. The
mission is intended by God to become more intense. The next
generations are already in place. Our work is until the Lord
returns once again. “For you have made a promise regarding
your servant’s house reaching into the future, and giving
guidance to the people, Lord God!” (2 Sm 7:19b).
our God is so big, so strong and so mighty. “Therefore,
great are you, Lord God! There is no one like you, no God
but you, as we have always heard.” (2 Sm 7:22). Now
this great God chooses us, calls us, appoints us, anoints
us, and sends us. If we act in accordance with His will,
then we are destined for greatness.
But there is a downside. If we do not act according to His
will, then we can lose it all. “To the one who has,
more will be given; from the one who has not, even what
he has will be taken away.” (Mk 4:25). God is about
an urgent work in the world. He calls and gifts people,
and those who respond to the call will be blessed and will
prosper. Those who do not or who do not strive to give God
their all, making full use of their gifts, will lose their
anointing and their gifts taken away, to be given to others
who would do God’s will. So God uses us, and as we
allow ourselves to be used fully by Him, God moves us from
glory to glory. In effect, “the measure with which
you measure will be measured out to you, and still more
will be given to you.” (Mk 4:24b). There is still
more. It has been over 38 years, but we have not yet experienced
the fullness of what God has for us.
a world of darkness, God has sent His light. He is Jesus
the Savior. We are servants and soldiers of Jesus. Our light
must shine forth. “Is a lamp brought in to be placed
under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed
on a lampstand?” (Mk 4:21). Did Jesus touch our lives,
transform us and appoint us just to have us look only to
our own well-being, using our gifts and resources only for
ourselves? Just to have us live lives not in contradiction
to the world? Just to continue living in a world dominated
by the evil one and not oppose it? Just to look to the welfare
of our own families but not to the salvation of all the
children of God?
Let us look to David, that holy warrior. “How he swore
an oath to the Lord, vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob: ‘I
will not enter the house where I live, nor lie on the couch
where I sleep; I will give my eyes no sleep, my eyelids
no rest, till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for
the Mighty One of Jacob.’” (Ps 132:2-5). Let
us as MFC give priority to God’s work, and not rest
until God’s dominion is established over the world.