THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH
Today’s reading: Romans 13:11-14
“For our salvation is nearer now than when we first
believed” (v.11c). Each new day is a step forward nearer
to the fullness of salvation. As such, we need to be prepared.
This happens as we grow in holiness unto the Lord. “Let
us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor
of light” (v.12b). What do we need to do?
“conduct ourselves properly as in the day” (v.13a).
We are children of light. We do not perform works done in
darkness. We do not engage in sexual licentiousness, “not
in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness”
(v.13b). These sins should be obvious to us.
there are other serious sins that might not be that obvious,
sins that are also committed in the dark recesses of our hearts,
such as “rivalry and jealousy.” (v.13c). These
sins have the added effect of bringing disunity in the body.
They are committed by leaders who in fact should work of unity
and peace. Leaders are mere servants, and there is no room
for rivalry, which seeks to exalt one’s self and one’s
work as against those of others. There is no room for jealousy,
which also desires to be exalted over the position and success
of others. The authentic servant leader simply serves, not
looking for prominence or position.
model is Jesus himself, who came not to be served but to serve,
who took the lowest place, who became the least of all. So
we “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (v.14a). We
strive to become other Christs. As such, we “make no
provision for the desires of the flesh.” (v.14b). What
are such desires of the flesh that end up leading to disunity?
the desire for power and position, by which a leader undermines
others, even rebelling against authority;
the desire to be better than other leaders, rather than
humbly rejoicing in the success of others;
the desire for comfort and convenience, which leads to
people rejecting the hard teachings given, and then not
moving along the path leading to the cross.
We have much work that needs to be done. In these urgent times,
our community has to be united in Christ in order to be able
to do more. “And do this because you know the time”