THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
1 Timothy 1:15-17
There is no god as great as our God. “High above all
nations is the Lord; above the heavens his glory. Who is like
the Lord our God, enthroned on high” (Ps 113:4-5). Our
God is “the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible,
the only God, honor and glory forever and ever.” (1
Tm 1:17). God is great indeed.
how about us mere mortals? Well, as the saying goes, “like
father, like son.” We are children of the Father. In
spiritual terms, like Master, like disciple. Like Jesus, like
Christians. We are to be holy as God is holy. In agricultural
terms, like tree, like fruit. “A good tree does not
bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.”
(Lk 6:43). Thus we are to be like God. We are called to Christian
perfection, to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.
is that possible? It is possible because it is God’s
will, and nothing is impossible with God. God can make the
lowly great. “He raises the needy from the dust, lifts
the poor from the ash heap, seats them with princes”
(Ps 113:7-8a). Since “every tree is known by its own
fruit” (Lk 6:44a), God, in all His great glory, would
also want His children to be like Him. As such we are
destined for greatness.
this will not happen just like that. We need to cooperate
with God’s grace, and desire what God desires. As such,
we need to obey what God commands. This is how we will become
Jesus’ disciples who will grow to be like the Master.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not
do what I command?” (Lk 6:46). We need to build on a
solid foundation. “That one is like a person building
a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock”
(Lk 6:48a). That rock is Christ.
we are human while God is divine. We are sinners while God
is perfect and holy. But this is the mystery of faith. “Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Tm 1:15b).
His work and intent is the same, that we may be “mercifully
treated” (1 Tm 1:16a), so that we “would come
to believe in him for everlasting life.” (1 Tm 1:16c).
heaven where we will live in everlasting life, we will be
perfect. We are destined for greatness.
For greater explanation on what it means to be perfect, read
“Forty Days of Challenge in the Christian Life,”
Day 40 on “Being Perfect.”