THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2017
UNITY OF VISION AND MISSION
Today’s reading: Galatians 1:6-12
It is important for a community to have unity of vision and
mission. If members know and live these out, then they will
be united in the work, as they have a focal point for helping
discern the way forward whenever differences in opinion arise.
Our basic task is to proclaim the gospel, the good news of
salvation in Jesus Christ. We are Couples for Christ. Our
first Core Value is Centered on Christ. Our second
Core Value is being Evangelistic and Missionary.
And now, in being called to do even more, we have been given
LCSC as our response to the call to the New Evangelization.
are important elements in considering the community’s
vision and mission?
most important is that these come not from mere human beings
but from God Himself, though brought forth through human instruments.
This is why God raises founders who bring about works that
He intends. “Now I want you to know, brothers, that
the gospel preached by me is not of human origin.” (v.11).
The Holy Spirit, who is a creative Spirit who makes all things
new, inspires founders and reveals to them the new things
that God wants to bring about. “For I did not receive
it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through
a revelation of Jesus Christ.” (v.12).
God’s ways are mysterious and oftentimes radical. So
human beings may have a hard time grasping, and thus accepting,
His ways. But founders persist, as rightly they should. They
are after all mere instruments, mere servants of the Lord
Jesus. They are there to do God’s work and thus to please
only Him. They do not cater to the whims and caprices and
personal preferences of humans, who then end up opposing him.
“Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or
am I seeking to please people?” (v.10a). Thus they end
up displeasing such people. They invite enmity. But that is
the lot of those who truly do God’s will. “If
I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave
of Christ.” (v.10b).
enemy will always try to subvert God’s will. The evil
one opposes everything that is of God, especially those new
initiatives that further promote the gospel. Unfortunately,
there are brethren who allow themselves to be used as instruments
of the enemy. And more unfortunately, they disturb others
with their posturing and untruths, and end up keeping them
away from the work of the gospel as revealed by the Spirit.
“But there are some who are disturbing you and wish
to pervert the gospel of Christ.” (v.7b).
people allow themselves to be disturbed and deceived. The
call is clear, but they allow it to be muddled. They see the
endorsements by bishops and clergy and hear the testimonies
of their own brethren, but they prefer to listen to the falsehoods
of those who oppose. “I am amazed that you are so quickly
forsaking the one who called you by the grace of Christ for
a different gospel (not that there is another).” (v.6-7a).
oppose the Spirit is unforgivable. To listen to dissident
leaders rather than the founder is deplorable. To act in ways
that prevent God’s work from proceeding in power is
to invite His wrath. “But even if we or an angel from
heaven should preach to you a gospel other than the one that
we preached to you, let that one be accursed!” (v.8).
Lord, one Spirit, one body, one gospel, one vision, one mission,
one work, one army. This is of utmost importance. And those
who act to undermine that unity are enemies of Christ and
his Church. “As we have said before, and now I say it
again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one
that you received, let that one be accursed!” (v.9).