THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
UNITY FOR MISSION
Today’s reading: Philippians 2:1-4
One big tactic of the enemy is to divide God’s people,
because a house or kingdom divided unto itself cannot stand.
Unfortunately the enemy has been hugely successful. He has
played into the inherent weaknesses of people and is able
to magnify the smallest slight or disagreement to become a
major cause of disunity and even break-up.
Paul tells us that if we live in Christ, love one another,
have the Holy Spirit, have compassion and mercy (Phil 2:1),
then we should be “of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing.” (Phil 2:2). We
have the mind of Christ, we have the love of the Father, we
are one in the Spirit in our focus on our spiritual life and
work. Imagine what God could do with such a people! The enemy
does imagine this and shudders, and thus does all he can to
has been in the Church from the very start. The enemy causes
it, but God is able to bring good out of it. Paul and Barnabas
had a sharp disagreement and went separate ways, but that
resulted in two missions rather than one. The religious congregations
throughout Church history have split and re-split, but that
has resulted in expanding the work. Even CFC split, but that
resulted in a remnant true to its authentic charism and brought
deeper into the heart of the Church.
today’s reading, Paul gives us 4 principles for unity.
“do nothing out of selfishness” (Phil 2:3a). We
look to love and serve God and His people with our all, with
no consideration of personal reward. We live for Christ. We
are called to empty ourselves in order that we might be filled
with the things of God.
We regard every good thing we have as coming from God
and gifts of God, which are to be used for the Kingdom.
do not keep the resources (people and money) under their
care just for their own area, but look to how they can
be of help to the larger work.
are personally willing to do with less (time and money)
in order to share what we have with the larger community.
Two, “do nothing .... out of vainglory” (Phil
2:3a). We are called to be holy as God is holy and to do the
very work of God, even greater works than Jesus did. When
God does bless and use us, this cannot be cause for sinful
pride because we are just instruments, nothing apart from
the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact
we often are the obstacles that stand in the way of God’s
are able to accept the smallest and least distinguished
make no claim on our position and do not resent being
removed or changed if need be.
we are used by God, we give all the glory to Him.
make no “claim to fame” and avoid being thrust
into the limelight, unless such is needed to further God’s
are submitted to higher authority in the community and
Church. We are obedient. While we can disagree and discuss,
we are respectful and not insistent on our own opinions.
Three, “humbly regard others as more important than
yourselves” (Phil 3b). This is the posture of a servant.
We look more to our shortcomings than to our gifts. We expend
ourselves for the sake of others.
As we desire our own spiritual well-being and the good of
our loved ones, we look as well to the interests of all
our brethren. No one is to be left behind as we make our
way to heaven.
go out of our way as need be in order to help address the
needs of others.
are supportive of the work of our brethren, always trying
to encourage and build up.
the end we affirm that we are unprofitable servants who
have done nothing but our duty.
Four, each should be “looking out not for his own interests,
but everyone for those of others.” (Phil 2:4). We must
have no personal agenda in serving the Lord. We are not in
this work for pay, position, power or privilege. We only look
to helping bring more souls to heaven.
We do not only look to our own salvation and sanctification,
but we desire to bring many others along the same paths.
encourage everyone to serve everyone else, becoming truly
a servant community.
There is much to be done in the New Evangelization. Let us
move forward in the unity and peace of Christ.