THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
EMPOWERED WITNESSES DOING WONDERS
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
Today’s two readings relate to and correlate our themes
for this year and next, providing continuity.
says, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and
planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Lk
17:6). That is the faith that works wonders, our theme for
2013. On the other hand, our theme for 2014, Empowered to
Witness, is taken from part of today’s reading from
2 Timothy 1. God has given us a spirit of power in order to
witness to the gospel (2 Tm 1:7-8). We look to wonders as
we do the work of the New Evangelization, and such wonders
happen because we are witnesses who have been empowered.
For us to look to wonders in our work, and to being empowered
witnesses, we must do a number of things.
take on the vision that the Lord has given us. Without vision,
a people perish. Without vision, we can never get to where
God wants to bring us. We must know that we are in the end
times, and now is the appointed time for a rapid and massive
work of evangelization. “For the vision is a witness
for the appointed time, a testimony to the end; it will not
disappoint.” (Hab 2:3a).
people are being sent to be witnesses to the ends of the earth,
to proclaim the gospel to all the nations. This year God tells
us about faith that works wonders. Next year God points us
to empowerment to witness. Do we believe what God is telling
us? “Look over the nations and see! Be utterly amazed!
For a work is being done in your days that you would not believe,
were it told.” (Hab 1:5). But we have already been told;
we are to BE.LI.EV.E! We are privileged that in our days we
will be instruments for bringing the gospel to the nations.
Yes, we must be utterly amazed!
simply obey what God is telling us. We must have the attitude
of a servant. We simply do what our Master tells us to do.
Do we think God owes us a favor for our responding to His
call? Would we expect God to serve us (Lk 17:7)? No, we are
the ones to serve God, which is our priority, even before
looking to our own needs (Lk 17:8). And when we serve Him,
do we look to His being grateful to us? No, for we are only
doing our duty (Lk 17:10). God gives us a great privilege,
even as He knows that many times we will be the obstacles
to His work.
“stir into flame the gift of God that you have”
(2 Tm 1:6). God provides the grace and the power, but we are
the ones to take hold of what God provides, we are the ones
to be excited about the vision, we are the ones to confidently
and faithfully go forth and act on what God has provided us.
We are not to be cowards, nor be ashamed of our testimony
to our Lord (2 Tm 1:7a,8a); rather, we boldly go forth, leaning
on “the strength that comes from God,” and bearing
our “share of hardship for the gospel” (2 Tm 1:8c).
These are very exciting times. We are fortunate to be alive,
and to be used as God’s instruments for the work of
the New Evangelization. Make sure you do not get left out.
down the vision” (Hab 2:2b). Write it in your hearts.
Know it inside-out and upside-down. Ask the Lord to impress
it upon your day-to-day consciousness. “If it delays,
wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.”
as your norm the sound words that you heard from me”
(2 Tm 1:13a). I have repeated God’s call often enough.
Let it sink deep. Let it determine how you are to live your
life, with the Lord’s priorities first and foremost.
this rich trust with the help of the holy Spirit that dwells
within us.” (2 Tm 1:14). You have been entrusted with
a treasure. You are a steward of the mysteries of God. You
are bearer of the good news of salvation in Jesus. Guard what
God has given you with your life. Use what God has given you
to witness in the power of His Spirit, and to continue to
do wonders in faith.