THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2010
GOD, FAMILY, COMMUNITY
are near the end of the year 2010, and we will be leaving
our theme for this year and move on to the theme for next
year. Before we do that, there are still some lessons to be
learned, or rather, to be reiterated.
year we focused on the Almighty who is just and righteous.
And the basic posture we have before the Almighty is awe or
reverential fear. We have been seeing that such a posture
to such an awesome reality is the key to becoming what God
wants us to become.
becoming what God intends for us to become, we fulfill our
destiny, and we will be happy, in this life, but more especially
in the life hereafter. And so the key to such happiness and
fulfillment is awe or fear of God. “Happy are all who
fear the Lord” (Ps 128:1a).
happiness and fulfillment is in having a wonderful family
life (Ps 128:3), and in having what is needed to enjoy life
(Ps 128:2). Family and an abundant life--that is what it is
all about. “Just so will they be blessed who fear the
Lord.” (Ps 128:4).
So fear of the Lord is key. How do we manifest our fear of
the Lord? We “walk in the ways of God.” (Ps 128:1b).
We obey Him. We put on His mind. We follow His ways. We love
as He loves. We go where He wants us to go.
First, we manifest fear of the Lord with regard to our family.
The family is the basic environment where God forms us. The
patterns of relationships in the family reflect what is of
God. God teaches us many things about the family, how family
members are to live their lives together. What pervades the
family environment is honor (or respect) and service. Family
members honor one another in recognition that each is a child
of God. Family members serve one another as Christ who came
to serve. “He who fears the Lord honors his father,
and serves his parents as rulers.” (Sir 3:7).
we give honor and respect (or reverence), we atone for sins
(Sir 3:3), store up riches (Sir 3:4), are gladdened by children
(Sir 3:5a), are heard when we pray (Sir 3:5b), will live a
long life (Sir 3:6a), and will receive our parents’
blessing that gives the family firm roots (Sir 3:8-9a). However
way we cut it, whichever way we look, we are blessed. Looking
back, our past sins are forgiven. Looking forward, we will
live a long life. Looking up, we receive our parents’
blessing. Looking down, we are gladdened by children.
are able to honor and serve one another when we have our family
relationships in order. These relationships reflect the very
ways of God. Wives are subordinate to their husbands (Col
3:18a) as the church is subordinate to Christ. Husbands love
their wives (Col 3:19a) as Christ loved the church. Children
obey their parents in everything (Col 3:20a), since parents
stand in the place of God in caring for their (God’s)
children. “For the Lord sets a father in honor over
his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over
her sons.” (Sir 3:2). All these family relationships
are “proper in the Lord” and “pleasing to
the Lord.” (Col 3:18b,20b).
Second, we manifest fear of the Lord with regard to the Christian
community. Paul addressed the Colossians, and outlined to
them what constituted a life lived for God. The basic principle
was this: “whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything
in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col 3:17a). Christ is
our all. We live and die for him.
is the case in the family, what is important is honor (respect,
reverence) and service. We give God the honor and glory due
to Him, and we give of ourselves to be His instruments to
use as He intends. We are “God’s chosen ones”
(Col 3:12a) and we are called to be holy, set apart for Him,
called to be like Him.
are also called to live in peace as one body (Col 3:15a).
Such peace shows to the world that Christ reigns in the body,
and such peace allows God to use the body as He sees fit.
do we grow in holiness unto the Lord?
our relationship with God
The fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. We
have much to learn in our life in Christ. But if we have learned
that God the Almighty is owed reverential fear and awe, and
are starting to live out that reality, then we are well on
our way to becoming the people God intends for us to become.
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