THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
Today’s reading: Ephesians 4:1-6
a community of believers we strive to be “of one heart
and mind” (Acts 4:32a). This is about the reality of
who we are and what we are called to be: “one body and
one Spirit” (v.4a). Such unity is necessary in order
that God can use us for His purposes, that we will be able
to fulfill our vocation, “as you were also called to
the one hope of your call” (v.4b). Such unity is crucial
in order to empower us in our witness, as we proclaim the
“one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (v.5). Such
unity is a powerful manifestation of our all being children
of God, brought into the one family, who look to “one
God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and
in all.” (v.6).
such, we must all be brethren “striving to preserve
the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (v.3).
We are to be at peace with one another, that is, being in
right relationship with each other. How is this possible?
We are to relate with each other “with all humility
and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through
love” (v.2). We are not to think highly of ourselves,
but rather consider others as more important than ourselves.
We are to let go of pride and be willing to take the lowest
place as a servant. We are to be patient with the shortcomings
of others, to be tolerant and forgiving. We are to love others
as we love ourselves.
have been called and chosen. God has already been using us,
but intends to use us even more, with greater manifestation
of Spirit power. We are sent forth to do God’s work,
so crucial in the darkened world today. God provides the grace
and strength needed. What can prevent us from fulfilling our
call? It is only we ourselves. Thus we are “to live
in a manner worthy of the call (we) have received” (v.1).
It is a lofty call. It is doing the very work of God. It is
being an instrument to bring Jesus’ salvation to others.
We must strive to be worthy, to be pleasing to God, to be
fitting instruments that the Spirit will empower.