THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
SAINTS, SERVANTS, SOLDIERS
Unity in Christ comes as we all strive for holiness, to authentic
servanthood, and to engaging in spiritual warfare (work of
evangelization). Our positive focus is on Christ our Lord,
our negative focus is on the devil, the one enemy. We love
what is good (that is of God) and we hate what is evil.
be holy is to be a saint. It happens as we
“have faith in God” (Jn 14:1b), and to live out
that faith in the concrete. As we are called to be holy as
God is holy, we strive to imitate Christ. We look to Jesus
who is “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn
14:6a). As we look to Jesus, we prepare for his second coming
in glory. As we look to Jesus, we look to heaven and living
in eternal bliss with our Father. We need to live Christ,
knowing that “no one comes to the Father except through
me.” (Jn 14:6b). We can only make it to heaven if we
strive to be holy.
is difficult, but our Lord is committed to help us. He in
fact awaits us. For the holy ones, our place in heaven is
reserved for us. “In my Father’s house there are
many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told
you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take
you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.”
(Jn 14:2-3). We know where we are destined to go. Jesus wants
us with him. But to get there, we need to strive to be holy.
be an authentic servant, we look to God and
to our brethren. We love God and we love our neighbor. We
serve God and we serve everyone else. We need to “serve
the Lord with fear” (Ps 2:11a), that is, in awe and
in total obedience. We look to the Spirit to guide us in the
way we are to serve. Now the Spirit uses others, our brethren
and those placed over us in service, as instruments of His
will as well. We may have the best of intentions, but we might
not do things according to God’s intent. So we also
need to “accept correction” (Ps 2:11c). We may
need to re-focus, to re-calibrate. The Spirit guides us directly,
but also through our brethren, especially our elders. We who
are servant leaders consider ourselves the least among all.
be a soldier of Christ, specifically a holy
warrior, is to engage the enemy, the evil one, who opposes
everything that is of God, and who seeks to destroy His body
the Church. A basic element is the work of evangelization.
We proclaim the gospel of salvation in Jesus. “We ourselves
are proclaiming this good news to you” (Acts 13:32a).
We are to do rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization.
We share Christ. We are “his witnesses
before the people.” (Acts 13:31c).
Jesus whom we imitate, whom we serve, whom we proclaim, this
Jesus was put to death, “but God raised him from the
dead” (Acts 13:30). He has ascended to heaven, but will
come back again. And then he will take us with him to heaven.
That is, the holy ones. “Where I am going you know the
way.” (Jn 14:4). Jesus is the way. We need to meet Christ,
to live Christ and to share Christ. We need to be saints,
servants and soldiers. Onward, holy warriors!