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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2017
(Part 35)

ALERT AND SOBER

September 5, 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 one.

To 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.” (v.6). Ho-wa!

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