THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
RESTING ON GOD’S GRACE
Today’s reading: Psalm 86:3-10
God is a God of awe and wonders. “For you are great
and do wondrous deeds; and you alone are God.” (Ps 86:10).
We know God is almighty and for Him nothing is impossible.
But here is the astounding reality: we too by faith can work
wonders. As Jesus himself says, the one who believes in him
will do the works that he does, and even greater ones.
working wonders is certainly not due to our own might or strength,
but is accomplished purely due to God’s grace. How do
we tap on to the bountiful grace of God? Certainly we need
to pray, “be gracious to me, Lord” (Ps 86:3a).
But we also need to develop fundamental postures in our relationship
we must pray without ceasing. “To you I call all the
day.” (Ps 86:3b). This means an ongoing, day-to-day
intimate personal relationship and communication with God.
We must always be conscious of who we are and what we are
called to do. Our lives must be wholly centered on Christ.
We must walk the path of holiness and true discipleship.
we must rest in God’s mercy. “Lord, you are good
and forgiving, most merciful to all who call on you.”
(Ps 86:5). Even as we strive for holiness, we are still all
sinners. We fall. But we must never allow the enemy to discourage
us or make us give up. Whenever we fall, we quickly turn back
to our God who is merciful, and forgiving of all who repent.
God is always eager to restore us in Christ.
we must know that God is always there to help us in every
situation of need. “Lord, hear my prayer; listen to
my cry for help. On the day of my distress I call to you,
for you will answer me.” (Ps 86:6-7). The life of an
evangelizer and disciple will always be challenging. There
will be oppression and persecution. There will be suffering
and pain. At times we might feel our strength sapped, our
endurance stretched thin. We must turn to Jesus every time.
And be assured that when we do so, then God will answer our
prayer, and will respond to our cry for help.
we must be supremely confident of the power and might of the
God whom we serve. “None among the gods can equal you,
O Lord; nor can their deeds compare to yours.” (Ps 86:8).
We face strong diabolical forces, led by Satan himself. We
face secular and humanist world forces, including powerful
governments like the USA and institutions like the UN. They
have great political, economic and military power. But they
are nothing before the all-powerful Creator God. And Jesus
is already the victorious King. We must never be intimidated
by worldly forces.
we must entrust our whole being to God. “To you, Lord,
I lift up my soul.” (Ps 86:4b). We belong to God. We
are instruments of God. God has the most wonderful plan for
our lives. God desires to bring us to live with Him eternally
in heaven. We must let Jesus take control of our lives, and
totally trust in him for everything. This actually is the
key to having joy in our lives, whatever suffering we might
have to endure for the moment. We simply do the will of God
as His servant. “Gladden the soul of your servant”
When we do all these, and when we act boldly in the name of
Jesus, then God enables us to do a massive work of worldwide
evangelization. The world does not have to remain under the
dominion of the evil one. All the peoples of the world are
God’s creation, made in His image and likeness. They
need to recognize this reality, and give God the honor and
worship that is His due. “All the nations you have made
shall come to bow before you, Lord, and give honor to your
name.” (Ps 86:9).
to the New Evangelization!