THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2017
Today’s reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Per our theme of ONE in Christ, such unity happens as we all
pursue holiness, servanthood and being warriors.
To be holy is to be set apart. It is to be different from
the world. It is to live the light of Christ rather than dwell
in the darkness of sin. “For all of you are children
of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night
or of darkness.” (v.5). This distinguishes those who
are children of God from those who are children of the evil
be servants is to serve the Master. We are all co-workers
in Christ. We are not here for ourselves but only for God
and His Church. “Therefore, encourage one another and
build one another up, as indeed you do.” (v.11). We
are in this together. We have the one vision and mission.
We are one body. We are co-dependents. We look to the good
of each other, even before our own. We encourage each other
as we all endure and persevere, suffering together through
the pains of ministry.
To be warriors is to be mindful of the necessary work of evangelization,
and to adapt ourselves wholeheartedly to this task. The most
important work of the Church is mission, to bring many more
to salvation in Christ. “For God did not destine us
for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”
(v.9). Jesus “died for us” (v.10a) and won for
us our salvation. This is the only means of being restored
to the Father, and of making it to our eternal reward in heaven,
so that “we may live together with him.” (v.10c).
As we strive to be one in Christ, so that we may accomplish
the purposes of God in our lives, we look to the three theological
virtues that need to develop in us—faith, hope and charity.
These are the needed equipment of holy warriors. We put “on
the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope
for salvation.” (v.8b).
There is much work to be done. “Therefore, let us not
sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober.”