THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
BEING PREPARED TO PREPARE THE WAY
December 23, 2010
the restoration of 2007, the past years have been preparation
for us to fully take on the very strength of God. The awesome
Almighty is strong and powerful, and we are raised to become
His very instruments. So we can look to taking on the strength
of God, if we are to effectively do His divine work. However,
we need to become worthy instruments.
does that happen? We need to be purified. We are sinful, disobedient,
unfaithful. We have our own priorities. We have not given
our all. We need to be refined “like gold or like silver
that (we) may offer due sacrifice to the Lord.” (Mal
3:3b). And the due sacrifice is all that we are and all that
have we not given due sacrifice to God? Because we have not
truly been in awe of Him as the great Almighty. We have not
taken on the proper posture of a creature before the Creator,
of a slave before the Master. Here is the dire consequence:
“I will be swift to bear witness against .... those
who do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.” (Mal 3:5).
If we truly realized who God is and what God wants us to do,
we would hold nothing back.
brought us to Lamentations in 2007. God brings us to Job in
2010. But there are still many who are not learning the lessons,
who are quick to dismiss the call to being laid low and humbled,
to redemptive suffering, to embracing the cross. There are
those who say, “what do we profit by .... going about
in penitential dress in awe of the Lord of hosts?” (Mal
so we end up not giving God what is His due. We deprive Him
of His rightful share of our time, talent and treasure. In
doing so, it is not so much that we deprive God, but that
we deprive ourselves! “Return to me, and I will return
to you, says the Lord of hosts.” (Mal 3:7b). How can
God give us the fullness of His very own strength when we
are unwilling, uncooperative, unfaithful instruments?
then must we do? We must have true reverential fear of God.
In doing so, we realize that we owe Him our very selves. Then
as we turn our whole lives over to God, we just trust in Him
(our theme for 2009) to do what is best for us, for He is
the just and righteous Almighty (our theme for 2010). Then
our names will be written in the “record book .... of
those who fear the Lord and trust in his name.” (Mal
3:16b). The record book contains the list of God’s intimate
Since God called us and raised us and intends to use us, then
He necessarily guides, instructs and forms us. This God wants
to do. How can this happen in our lives?
we must want the same thing. We must constantly pray, “Make
known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me
in your truth and teach me” (Ps 25:4-5a).
we must understand and live out the fear of the Lord, because
this is the beginning of wisdom, of all true learning. “Who
are those who fear the Lord? God shows them the way to choose.”
if we then truly understand our place before the Almighty,
then we must humble ourselves. God “guides the humble
rightly, and teaches the humble the way.” (Ps 25:9).
it will not only be our heart and mind and spirit being formed,
but such has to be expressed in action. We must live out our
covenant with God. “All the paths of the Lord are faithful
love toward those who honor the covenant demands.” (Ps
25:10). We must be faithful to what we have committed to God.
“The counsel of the Lord belongs to the faithful”
(Ps 25:14a). This shows not only our obedience, humility and
awe, but it is something also practical. It is our covenant
that outlines how we are to live our lives, how to move along
the path of holiness, in order to become true instruments
of God. Thus, to those who are faithful, “the covenant
instructs them.” (Ps 25:14b).
The effects of all the above on our lives are truly tremendous.
We choose to obey or not, to be faithful or not, to allow
God to form us or not. We must be mindful of the consequences
of our choices.
Either we will be accursed, or God will open “the
floodgates of heaven” upon us (Mal 3:9a,10b).
God will “bear witness against” us, or “all
nations will call (us) blessed” (Mal 3:5,12).
our crops will be destroyed and our field left barren, or
we “will be a delightful land” (Mal 3:11-12).
we will be burned as stubble, or on us “will arise
the sun of justice with its healing rays” (Mal 3:19-20).
To the reasonable mind, that is not much of a choice, given
the consequences. And to the renewed mind, the right choice
is very clear. We want to “live well and prosper, and
(our) descendants inherit the land.” (Ps 25:13).
calls us to be like Him. God wants to use us and for us to
do His work in His strength. We must allow God to form us,
to enable us to do a mighty work until Jesus returns once
again. We allow ourselves to be prepared, so that we in turn
can prepare the way of the Lord. “Lo, I am sending my
messenger to prepare the way before me” (Mal 3:1a).
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