THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
Every Christian is called to mission, which engages us in
spiritual warfare. “For our struggle is not with flesh
and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with
the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits
in the heavens.” (Eph 6:12). Thus engaged, we are warriors.
The Lord is our trainor. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war”
(Ps 144:1). The Lord is our protector, as He is “my
safeguard and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, my
shield, in whom I take refuge” (Ps 144:2a). The Lord
gives us the victory, as He “subdues peoples under me.”
As the Lord’s warriors, He provides us what we need.
He empowers us. Thus, “draw your strength from the Lord
and from his mighty power.” (Eph 6:10). He equips us.
“Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to
stand firm against the tactics of the devil.” (Eph 6:11).
Many Christians who try to evangelize either are not fully
aware that they are automatically engaged in spiritual warfare,
or are not properly equipped. Thus the enemy is able to overwhelm
them. But if we are to experience the victory that is already
the Lord’s, then we are to “put on the armor of
God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having
done everything, to hold your ground.” (Eph 6:13).
are the elements of the armor of God?
As warriors, “stand fast with your loins girded in
truth” (Eph 6:14a). The enemy Satan is the father
of lies. On the other hand, and in stark contrast, Jesus
is “the way and the truth and the life.” (Jn
14:6a). We must always speak the truth, especially to one
another in community. This includes the hard teachings of
As warriors, be “clothed with righteousness as a breastplate”
(Eph 6:14b). Righteousness protects the heart. To be righteous
is to be holy, to be determined to be rid of sin in one’s
life, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to have the heart
of Jesus. With such a posture, we protect our hearts from
the temptations and invitations of the devil.
gospel of peace. As warriors, have “your feet shod
in readiness for the gospel of peace.” (Eph 6:15).
Evangelization must be our lifestyle. We must be ready to
proclaim the gospel, whether in our normal day-to-day environments,
or as we make ourselves available to go out on mission.
As warriors, “hold faith as a shield, to quench all
the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Eph 6:16). We
will be tested, rejected, ridiculed, oppressed, persecuted.
We need to stand fast on our faith in Jesus, looking to
him as our be-all and end-all. Especially in the great trials
and challenges that come our way, we simply trust in Jesus.
As warriors, “take the helmet of salvation”
(Eph 6:17a). This protects our mind, our thinking. We know
we are saved, if only we cling to Jesus. We fully trust
in his promises. We will make it to heaven. And our Lord
wants us to bring as many others with us.
sword of the Spirit. As warriors, wield “the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph 6:17b).
The word of God is the Bible. In fact, “the word of
God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged
sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints
and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts
of the heart.” (Heb 4:12). This is why LCSC promotes
the LBS. Catholics are notoriously unknowing of the Bible.
Such a Catholic goes into war without a sword.
As warriors, “with all prayer and supplication, pray
at every opportunity in the Spirit.” (Eph 6:18a).
Prayer is our lifeline to God. Prayer allows the Lord to
guide us and give us wisdom. Prayer strengthens our resolve
and enables us to persevere. Prayer draws us ever deeper
in our relationship with God. We pray in tongues at every
opportunity, in order for our spirit to connect with the
Spirit of God.
so we are warriors. As warriors, we are empowered to witness.
Just like Paul, each of us should pray “that speech
may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness
the mystery of the gospel” (Eph 6:19). To be God’s
instruments in the proclamation of the gospel is a great privilege.
With the privilege comes the responsibility. With the responsibility
comes the equipping, and God has provided all we need. We
must go forth with courage and boldness. May each of us then
resolve to respond, “so that I may have the courage
to speak as I must.” (Eph 6:20b).