THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
STANDING IN FOR GOD
Today’s gospel: Luke 10:13-16
We have been seeing that greatness comes with doing the very
work of God, who is great and whose work is great. We are
God’s workers. We are His representatives. We are his
ambassadors. We do His work. Now that is pretty impressive
the connection is much more profound. We stand in the
very place of God! Jesus avers this startling reality:
“Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects
you rejects me.” (v.16a). Wow! Awesome! The very spiritual
well-being, the very salvation of people, has become dependent
upon whether they accept our testimony or reject what we have
to say about Jesus. Jesus has totally entrusted the continuation
of his work, involving salvation, to us!
there is more! It gets much more profound. Jesus says, “And
whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” (v.16b).
People who reject us reject Jesus and reject God the Father
Himself! Why is that so? Well, because the Father sent the
Son, and Jesus sends us. If an authentic messenger is rejected,
the sender is in effect rejected, all the way up the line,
to the Sender of the sender. Wow!
must be clear to us that we have a great responsibility, having
been given a great privilege to do a great task. This is not
to be taken lightly. We need to be authentic disciples who
are able to authentically speak for Jesus. That is not easy,
as the task itself is not easy.
such are the realities. Jesus says so himself. This is why
if we respond in fullness of commitment, purity and humility,
we are destined for greatness.