THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
Today’s gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
To be destined for greatness is about who we are and what
we are to do. It is about what God has done for us and what
God expects us to do for Him.
we are all servants of the Master Jesus. All of us have gifts
given by the Holy Spirit. We are expected to use these to
build up the Kingdom. In this, there are some basic principles.
will be as when a man who was going on a journey called
in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.”
(v.14). Jesus has ascended to heaven but will return. In
the meantime, he has entrusted his divine work to His disciples.
God has made Himself dependent upon His people to continue
the work of the Kingdom.
Each one is given a gift. “To one he gave five talents;
to another, two; to a third, oneto each according to
his ability.” (v.15a). This is entirely up to God.
Whatever we are given, we are expected to use the gifts
to yield “profit” for the Kingdom. Thus the
third servant who did not make use of the gift was chastised
will not be so much about the extent of the fruit God produces
through us, but about our fidelity in making use of the
gifts. The fruit is up to God; the effort is up to us. Thus
the first two servants, who produced different amounts of
fruit, but directly according to their abilities, were extolled
in the very same way. “Well done, my good and faithful
servant. …. Come, share your master’s joy.”
servant who does not make use of the gift is punished severely.
“And throw this useless servant into the darkness
outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
(v.30). Does that mean going to hell? Perhaps. Why? Because
God depends on His people to continue with the work of salvation.
The harvest is rich but the laborers are few. If God’s
people do not evangelize and do mission, there could be
those who are lost who should not have been, if they had
heard the good news.
Now being entrusted with the Kingdom is already greatness.
But those who prove faithful will be given even more. “Since
you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great
responsibilities.” (v.21,23). Such servants, as Jesus
himself said, will be able to do greater works than he did.
are to be developed. And additional gifts can always be given
by God to a faithful servant. “For everyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich” (v.29a). But
for one who does not make use of his gift, at some point he
will lose the gift. “But from the one who has not, even
what he has will be taken away.” (v.29b). Indeed, what
need does a servant have of a gift that he does not make use
are in the end times. Jesus will return. “After a long
time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts
with them.” (v.19). In the meantime, we have the time
to serve him by making use of our gifts. When Jesus does return,
it will be too late. We will either be extolled and rewarded
for faithfully using our gifts, or we will be condemned and
work of the Kingdom is serious. It is about the salvation
God desires for all people, and went to great lengths to achieve.
We, as Jesus’ servants, in doing divine work, are destined
for greatness. But woe to those who neglect what they are
called to do. Jesus has entrusted his work to us, and expects
to reap the harvest of our efforts. “Master, I knew
you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not
plant and gathering where you did not scatter” (v.24b).
are destined for greatness. Know the privilege; know the responsibility.