THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
HOLY WITNESSES ON MISSION
March 5, 2014
Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Today we are called in a special way to repentance and to
return to the Lord. “We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.” (v.5:20b). We turn away from
sin and wrongdoing, and turn to faith in Jesus. We turn away
from the ways of the world, and turn to the ways of the Lord.
The metanoia we are called to is a complete 180 degree
turn. The turning away from is clear to us. The turning
to is less clear. It actually is a turning to the fullness
of life in Christ.
involves three aspects.
we are called to be holy. “For our
sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we
might become the righteousness of God in him.” (v.5:21).
Jesus came, suffered and died for us, to win for us our salvation,
and to bring us to the righteousness, holiness and perfection
of the Father. We are to be like Christ. We are to be another
we are called to be witnesses. “So
we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through
us.” (v.5:20a). We are to proclaim this good news of
salvation in Jesus to the ends of the earth. We are ambassadors
to the nations. We stand on behalf of Christ. We represent
him, as we present him. We are stewards of the gospel.
we are called to mission. “For he says:
‘In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of
salvation I helped you.’” (v.6:2a). Paul cites
Isaiah 49:8. In this verse God also tells His people, “I
form you and set you as a covenant for the people, to restore
the land and allot the devastated heritages.” We are
to take the land that is our heritage. We are to engage in
spiritual warfare. We are to help rebuild the Church and society,
devastated by the enemy.
should all these happen? Now! “Behold, now is a very
acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
(v.6:2b). There is no time to lose. Darkness in the world
deepens. The tsunami of evil overwhelms the whole earth. Evil
rampages seemingly unrestrained. Every day souls are being
lost. We must repent and reform our lives. We must be holy,
so that we can be effective witnesses, as
we go off on mission.
in CFC-FFL must all now come together as one body that God
can truly use. We have been blessed tremendously, we have
received God’s grace, including being given the privilege
of being God’s instruments of salvation for many others.
“Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive
the grace of God in vain.” (v.6:1).
to be holy, called to be witnesses, called to mission.
are saints, we are martyrs, we are warriors.