THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
ARE WE REALLY FOR GOD?
We are called to be united in order to do the work of the
Kingdom. This is a basic premise. “Every kingdom divided
against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against
house.” (Lk 11:17b). If a community or parish or church
is not united in heart and mind and vision, then its members
will end up fighting among themselves. Then they cannot overcome
the enemy, but rather, they will be overcome by the enemy.
indeed do we see in Christian community?
Infidelity. “Faithfulness has disappeared” (Jer
7:28b). People are unfaithful to their commitments, to their
covenant, to the vision of the community, to the life and
good order of the body, to participation in crucial activities,
to loyalty to one another.
of heart. “They walked in the stubbornness of their
evil hearts and turned their backs, not their faces, to
me.” (Jer 7:24b). Though they might still go through
the motions of facing the Lord (in worship, in prayer, at
Mass), they actually live their own lives according to their
own desires. They no longer walk the Lord’s path.
They have in effect turned away from Him.
attuned to God’s mind and direction. “But they
did not listen to me, nor did they pay attention.”
(Jer 7:24a). They have often enough heard what is God’s
call and way of life, but they persist in worldly activities
that detract from their walk to holiness. They persist in
such divisive practices as lying, maligning, gossiping,
agitating against leaders, rivalry, envy, unforgiveness,
selfishness, disobedience to authority, forming factions.
How do we overcome disunity? It is when we focus on God. It
is when we decide to be obedient to God. It is when we seek
God and present ourselves as humble servants. It is what God
has always told His people: “Listen to my voice; then
I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk exactly
in the way I command you, so that you may prosper.”
are to listen to God. As we understand and learn, we are to
accept His ways and His directions, without any reservation.
Oftentimes God gives us very challenging and difficult directions
or tasks. We are to obey in expectant faith and unwavering
hope. This is how we can truly be His people, guided and cared
for and blessed by Him. “For he is our God, we are the
people he shepherds, the sheep in his hands.” (Ps 95:7a).
What a wonderful reassuring picture that is. When we walk
exactly as He commands, then we prosper. Then we overcome
The choice to us is simple. Are we with God or not? Now it
cannot be that we say yes we are with God, but no we do not
walk exactly as He commands. It is just either-or. It is black
or white, with no gray areas. You are either hot or cold,
not lukewarm. Jesus says it this way: “Whoever is not
with me is against me” (Lk 11:23a). We may vehemently
deny that we are against God, but if we are not fully submitted
to Him, then we will indeed be against Him. We cannot be used
for His purposes. We even end up aiding and abetting the enemy.
when it comes to the work of the Kingdom, the same principle
applies, as Jesus says, “whoever does not gather with
me scatters.” (Lk 11:23b). If we are not doing the work
of gathering the lost sheep, then we participate in the work
of the enemy of scattering them. If we do not work at unity
among ourselves so that we are gathered as one flock and one
army, then we ourselves are scattered, and become easy prey
to the enemy.
is time to decide. Are we really for God? Are we really ready
to do His work? “Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
Do not harden your hearts” (Ps 95:7b-8a).