THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
ROOTED IN HUMILITY
October 5, 2012
If we BE.LI.EV.E, we will do greater works,
because faith works wonders. Indeed, through the history of
the Church, the disciples of Jesus have done signs and wonders,
starting with the apostles (Acts 5:12). God’s people,
like Jesus, have healed the sick, expelled demons, and raised
the dead. They have been martyred, including crucifixion.
They have spread the faith.
Jesus has gone to the Father, and he has commissioned his
disciples to carry on the work, and he has empowered them
by his Spirit, they are able to do wondrous deeds. That goes
for us too. We might not work miracles, but we are able to
accomplish things beyond our own mental, physical, emotional
and spiritual capabilities. It is simply God working through
a willing instrument.
here is the crucial point. When God uses us, we must acknowledge
that we are mere instruments, servants doing nothing more
than our duty, helpless humans moving on merely by God’s
grace and the power of the Spirit, perhaps even being the
obstacles to greater workings by God. What unfortunately happens
to others is that they begin to think too highly of themselves.
They fall into pride. And pride comes before a fall. We must
hear Jesus’ warning to Capernaum: “Will you be
exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.”
How do we do greater works but remain humbly rooted in reality?
must know the Almighty God beside whom we are nothing. We
must know how all powerful He is, and how pathetically weak
and unwise we are. We must hear God asking us the very same
questions he asked Job.
Who is this ....? (Jb 38:2-11)
you ever ....? (Jb 38:12-33)
you ....? (Jb 38:34-41)
you know ....? (Jb 39:1-18)
you give ....? (Jb 39:19-25)
it by your ....? (Jb 39:26-30)
When we are tempted to think we are so great, we ourselves
look to God and allow Him to bring us back to reality. God
is all-knowing, and our feeble minds are nothing. “Such
knowledge is beyond me, for too lofty for me to reach.”
(Ps 139:6). We must end up saying, “Behold, I am of
little account” (Jb 40:4a).
But then, and this is the amazing thing, we indeed are of
little account, but God, who created us in His image and likeness,
who calls us to be holy as He is holy, who gives us the privilege
of continuing the very work of the Savior, is the One Himself
who lifts us high and uses us to do greater works.
realizing our weakness and nothingness, we also realize that
any creation of God aspires to His very own greatness. “I
praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your
works!” (Ps 139:14a). We are children of God. We are
destined for heaven. We are so precious in God’s eyes
that His very own Son gave his life for us.
now God uses us to proclaim salvation in Jesus. He gives us
authority and power. Jesus allows us to stand in his very
own place. We are his representative. We are his witness.
He depends on us to continue his work. “Whoever listens
to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And
whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (Lk
10:16). Wow. That is amazing!
God does intend for us to do greater works. We will, if only
we never lose our focus on Him, and if we depend solely on
we do great works and are beginning to feel puffed up, we
need to repent. “For if the mighty deeds done in your
midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago
have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.” (Lk
10:13b). When we realize that any mighty deeds we do are solely
due to the power of God, of Jesus acting in and through us,
when we realize the great privilege given us to do God’s
work, then we in fact go down on our knees, acknowledging
the awesomeness of the Almighty.
though we are nothing compared to God, God does use us, and
we must realize that He will always be there for us, till
the end of the age. In every situation. Through the ups and
downs. Through the tears and laughter. Through the joys and
pains. “If I ascent to the heavens, you are there; if
I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.” (Ps 139:8).
God is there to guide us. “Even there your hand will
guide me” (Ps 139:10a). God will support and sustain
us. “Your right hand hold me fast.” (Ps 139:10b).
God calls us to BE.LI.EV.E and do greater
works, we can respond with great confidence, for we are assured
our lives are totally in His hands.
God created us and knows who we are, what we can accomplish
for Him, what is best for our lives. “Lord, you have
probed me, you know me” (Ps 139:1).
knows all our physical movements and mental processes. “You
know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from
afar.” (Ps 139:2).
is there whenever we do mission, anywhere in the world,
and will provide us times for rest and recreation. “My
travels and my rest you mark” (Ps 139:3a).
knows our inherent strengths and weaknesses, and knows how
to use us to the greatest advantage. “With all my
ways you are familiar.” (Ps 139:3b).
will guide our speech as we proclaim Christ, and we are
not to worry about what we are to say. “Even before
a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it all.” (Ps
will protect us. “Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me.” (Ps 139:5).
Let us then be mindful of all these realities, or else we
will not be able to accomplish God’s plans for us and
for the world. “Who is this that obscures divine plans
with words of ignorance?” (Jb 38:2). Let not God’s
finger be pointing at us!
us remain humble as God uses us to do greater works, or else
we suffer the consequences. “But from the wicked the
light is withheld, and the arm of pride is shattered.”
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