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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2018
(Part 37)

PATHWAY TO GREATNESS – 2


February 24, 2018

Today’s readings:
Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalm 119:1-8
Matthew 5:43-48

We 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).

But 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 119:3a).

In 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?

Now 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?

  • Are 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.

This is the way to greatness in Christ.

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