THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
PATHWAY TO GREATNESS – 2
February 24, 2018
are destined for greatness. Just as God intended for His chosen
people Israel, “he will set you high in praise and renown
and glory above all nations he has made” (Dt 26:19a).
They are to be His people, they are to do His work, they are
to reflect His glory. Christians are the new Israel. And like
our ancestors-in-faith, we are destined to be great. So much
so that we are to be like God. “So be perfect, just
as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48).
we have our part to play. As Christians we have a covenant
with God. Our part is to “be a people holy to the Lord”
(Dt 26:19b). To be holy is to be set apart. Set apart to be
His own people. Set apart to do His very own work. Holiness
is the way to be great in Christ and to receive all the blessings
God intends for us. “Blessed those whose way is blameless,
who walk by the law of the Lord.” (Ps 119:1). As holy
people, we are to be obedient to God in everything. We keep
His law, testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments,
judgments (see Ps 119:2-8). We “do no wrong” (Ps
doing no wrong, in being obedient to God, in walking the path
of holiness, we are to be totally different from others. For
example, while others feel justified in hating their enemies,
it cannot be that way with us. “But I say to you, love
your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you”
(Mt 5:44). Is not holiness being set apart, being radically
different from others? But “if you love those who love
you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors
do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is
unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?”
(Mt 5:46-47). Are you set apart, or are you just like the
tax collectors and pagans? Are you doing something unusual,
that is, not the usual, not the ordinary? Are you holy?
we not only have a general covenant with God as Christians,
but we have a particular covenant with God as CFC-FFL. You
made this covenant when you joined the community. Have you
observed its precepts?
you striving for holiness and Christian perfection?
Do you pray and read the Bible daily?
Are you helping renew the family and defending life?
Do you faithfully attend meetings and community events?
Do you give generously of your time and finances?
Do you actively evangelize and do mission?
Do you love and serve our Church and the poor?
The Lord reminds you today. “This day the Lord, your
God, is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances.
Be careful, then, to observe them with your whole heart and
with your whole being.” (Dt 26:16). This is our needed
response. This is the only way for us to “be a people
specially his own” (Dt 26:18b), God’s holy people.
is the way to greatness in Christ.