THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
SAINTS ON MISSION
Today’s reading: Ephesians 1:3-10
have a two-fold calling, conforming to the internal and external
dimensions of our life in Christ. First, we are called to
holiness. Second, we are called to mission. Such is the eternal
plan of God, from even before we were born. Paul tells us
that God “chose us in him, before the foundation of
the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.”
(v.4). That’s destiny! God intends for us to be saints,
“the holy ones who are faithful in Christ Jesus”
works in us so that we in turn might work in and through Him.
We are sent forth. We are all to be like “Paul, an apostle
of Christ Jesus by the will of God” (v.1a). And what
is God’s intent in doing this? Well, God send His Son
Jesus to redeem us. “In him we have redemption by his
blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the
riches of his grace” (v.7). Such salvation is intended
by God for all. Indeed, it is His “plan for the fullness
of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on
earth.” (v.10). God desires all people to be brought
under the lordship of Jesus and thus be saved.
How can this happen? It happens as those who already live
Christ go forth, as apostles, to share Christ. They are to
go forth as witnesses and warriors. It is as they proclaim
the gospel that people can be brought to faith in Jesus.
is the mystery of salvation. That God would become man and
suffer and die for us. That man would be used to do divine
work. That the salvation won for all by Jesus on the cross
would be brought forth by mere human instruments. Indeed,
God “has made known to us the mystery of his will in
accord with his favor that he set forth in him” (v.9).
God has already made His will known to us. We are to be saints,
and we are to be apostles.