THE SERVANT GENERAL
THEME FOR 2018
GREATNESS IN WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
We know this reality about God: “Great is the Lord and
worthy of much praise, whose grandeur is beyond understanding.”
(Ps 145:3). David speaks of God’s mighty works, His
majestic glory, His wonderful deeds, His awesome acts, His
great deeds, His abounding goodness, His abounding in mercy,
His glorious reign, His mighty works (Ps 145:4-8,11). God
is great indeed.
God’s people are also called to do great works, to perform
signs and wonders in the power of the Spirit. Jesus started
with a core group, when “he called his disciples to
himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named
apostles” (Lk 6:13). Knowing what he intended his people
to do after he returned to heaven, Jesus taught them and formed
them, preparing them to do what he would do. Many who came
to Jesus were “healed of their diseases; and even those
who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured.” (Lk
6:18). Later the apostles too would heal and drive out demons.
The apostles, ultimately to minister in the name of Jesus,
were destined for greatness and manifested
such in their work.
too as God’s people and God’s instruments are
destined for greatness, but how does that happen?
We must strive to be holy as God is holy, to be perfect as
the heavenly Father is perfect. To be holy is to be set apart,
to be not of the world. “See to it that no one captivate
you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human
tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world
and not according to Christ.” (Col 2:8).
have received Christ as Savior and Lord, we have turned to
faith in Jesus, but we need to move on from there. There is
more. “So, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk
in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in
the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
(Col 2:6-7). How then are we to be holy?
we are to walk in Christ. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
We are his disciples. We are to obey his commands. We are
not to stray from the straight and narrow path.
we are to be rooted in Christ. His ways are to be our ways.
We are to put on the mind of the Master. Everything that we
are, everything that we say or do, are to be in accordance
with the will of Jesus.
we are to be built upon Christ. Jesus is the Rock upon which
our lives are founded. We rely on nothing but our Lord. We
fully trust in him. We look to him for everything that we
need in life. Jesus gives us a future full of hope.
be another Christ is greatness. “For in him dwells the
whole fullness of the deity bodily, and you share in this
fullness in him, who is the head of every principality and
power.” (Col 2:9-10). Is that not amazing? We who are
human can become divine. We who are weak can have authority
over principalities and powers. Such is what God intends for
us to be, and what God intends for us to do.
such are we destined for greatness.