THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
Our theme verse is 1 Peter 2:9. As with previous themes through
the years, we also look into the larger context of the particular
verse. Thus we look at 1 Peter 2:1-10.
all have our destiny. The question is what. Our destiny will
depend on whether we are for Christ or not for him, in effect
making us against him. For those who choose the world and
not the Word, “they stumble by disobeying the word,
as is their destiny.” (v.8b).
then might we be destined for greatness?
We choose Christ. We live Christ. We share Christ. He is the
cornerstone, the foundation for our lives. “Behold,
I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame.”
(v.6). We put our faith in Jesus. “Therefore, its value
is for you who have faith” (v.7a). We meet
Christ and know Christ. “Come to him,
a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious
in the sight of God” (v.4).
we meet Christ, we must strive to be like Christ, to live
Christ. This means not being of the world. “Rid
yourselves of all malice and all deceit, insincerity, envy,
and all slander” (v.1). As we reject the ways of the
world, we strive to grow in spirituality. “Like newborn
infants, long for pure spiritual milk so that through it you
may grow into salvation” (v.2). And together with others,
we become the people of God, His Church on earth. “Like
living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable
to God through Jesus Christ.” (v.5).
as a spiritual house, as a community of believers, as the
people of God, as the Church, as prophets, as holy warriors,
we share Christ. We are those who
“announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness
into his wonderful light.” (v.9b). This is our work
of evangelization and mission.
are we to be? What are we destined for? “But you are
a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people
of his own” (v.9a). We are God’s priests, kings
and prophets. Imagine that! “Once you were ‘no
people’ but now you are God’s people” (v.10a).
God’s very own peoplechosen, royal and holy. Now
that is being destined for greatness.