THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
CALLED ACCORDING TO GOD’S PURPOSE
July 24, 2011
Today’s reading: Romans 8:28-30
to God’s eternal plan for our lives, He proceeds according
to a process. First, He knows about us from all eternity,
and according to that foreknowledge, He predestines us (Rom
8:29). Then God calls those whom He has predestined, then
He justifies those whom He has called, and finally He glorifies
those whom He has justified (Rom 8:30). The process flows
like this: God foreknew --> predestined --> called -->
justified --> glorified.
see this process at work in our 2011 theme verses from Isaiah.
49:1b -- “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s
womb he gave me my name.” This speaks about God’s
eternal plan for us, and the destiny to which we are called.
God knew from all eternity that in this third millennium there
would be a great need for a community that would evangelize
massively and do worldwide mission, while renewing the family
and defending life. This is CFC-FFL.
49:2 -- “He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed
me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.” Because God has an eternal
plan for us, He justifies us, that is, He makes us right in
our relationship with Him, He forms us according to “the
image of his Son” (Rom 8:29b), and He molds us to become
His fitting instruments. Because we are to be at the cutting
edge and at the forefront of His spiritual work, then He makes
us sharp-edged swords and polished arrows. Because we will
be afflicted in spiritual warfare, then He protects us by
hiding us under His arm and in His quiver. In offense and
defense, God is there for us.
49:3 -- “You are my servant .... through whom I show
my glory.” When God makes us His properly-formed instruments,
then we are able to serve Him effectively and be instruments
for His glory to shine forth. We too share in that glory,
as we stand in for God and His work. Thus we are “made
glorious in the sight of the Lord” (Is 49:5c).
We could view it this way.
those he foreknew he
also predestined .... and
those he predestined he also
Lord called me from birth,
from my mother's womb he gave me my name." (v.1b)
those he call he also
made me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me
a polished arrow, in is quiver he hid me." (v.2)
those he justified he also glorified." (v.30c)
are my servant .... through whom I show my glory."
is all this important to us? Well, first of all, because we
want to do God’s will. We want His will to be accomplished
in our lives. Too many times so-called Christians go their
own way, with their own direction, agenda, priorities, preferences,
etc. But God has already predestined us. We simply need to
realize His call and give ourselves fully to Him.
God gives a wonderful promise. “We know that all things
work for good for those who love God, who are called according
to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28). If we allow God to work
His will in and through us, then we know that everything will
work out for our good. No matter what is happening to us right
now, especially if we are facing affliction and suffering,
we know that God will make things right.
there are two conditions to this promise being fulfilled.
One, that we love God. Two, that we are called according to
His purpose. Well, we know we love God, even as we are still
far from loving Him with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength.
The second condition can be problematic. Are we living our
lives according to God’s will and purpose? Have we discerned
and heeded His call? Are we allowing ourselves to be His instruments
as His servants?
has made known our call in all of our 30 years as CFC. The
vision and mission God has given us ought to be clear by now.
But we need to continue giving our “yes” to God,
and allowing Him to form and mold us, simply for His own purposes.
Then God’s eternal plan for our lives, as CFC-FFL, can
unfold. Then we can truly be God’s “light to the
nations, that (His) salvation may reach to the ends of the
earth.” (Is 49:6d).
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