THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2016
RICH IN MERCY - 2
October 17, 2016
We are almost at the end of the Year of Mercy, and the scriptures
today bring us to our theme verse for 2016. “But God,
who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for
us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought
us to life with Christ” (Eph 2:4-5a). We are a people
who have been saved, brought from death to life. This is such
amazing work in our lives, a radical overturning and transformation.
We must know where we came from and what we have become by
From death to life. “You were dead in your transgressions
and sins” (Eph 2:1). But God, “even when we
were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with
Christ” (Eph 2:5a).
From following the world and the evil one to following Christ.
As “you once lived following the age of this world,
following the ruler of the power of the air” (Eph
From disobedience to obedience. You followed “the
spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.” (Eph
From the flesh to the Spirit. “All of us once lived
among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes
of the flesh and the impulses” (Eph 2:3a).
From being children of wrath to children of God. As “we
were by nature children of wrath” (Eph 2:3b).
God overturned all the darkness and “raised us up with
him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus”
(Eph 2:6). God did that, first, for our own sakes, but second,
to use us as His instruments to do good. “For we are
his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works
that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”
“the Lord is God, he made us, we belong to him, we are
his people, the flock he shepherds” (Ps 100:3), then
we are “to serve the Lord with gladness” (Ps 100:2a).
We serve God with our time, talent and treasure. As God has
been overly generous to us, so too must we be generous to
Him. It would be a big mistake to be selfish, and even greedy,
a return to the flesh. “Take care to guard against all
greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not
consist of possessions.” (Lk 12:15).
God blesses us through His mercy, we are not to be lured back
to the world. We are not to use up our blessings just for
ourselves and just “rest, eat, drink, be merry!”
(Lk 12:19b). That would be reinvesting in the world. What
does God call such a man? “You fool” (Lk 12:20a).
Such a one invests in this world, which he cannot take with
him to the afterlife. “Thus will it be for the one who
stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters
to God.” (Lk 12:21).
what matters to God? What is He rich in? He is “rich
in mercy” (Eph 2:4a). And “His mercy endures forever”