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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2019
(Part 11)

TOTAL DEDICATION

November 7, 2018
Today’s gospel: Luke 14:25-33


As holy warriors, we are to take responsibility for our families, both their spiritual well-being and also their participating in the work of the Kingdom. We serve the Lord. Now there are two very important elements of our spiritual life here­our family and our service to God. We are to do both well, neglecting neither. However, it must be clear to us what is the greater priority. It is God and His work. God expects total dedication from us.

Jesus says, “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (v.26). Jesus is not telling us to actually hate our closest relatives. We after all are to love our neighbor, and our relatives are our closest neighbors. In Semitic language, to hate is to love less. Thus we love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength. Everything else is extra. But in giving God our all, everything else will fall into place.

Oftentimes, we neglect to serve God to the utmost and we give our family as an excuse. We use much of our time, talent and treasure for the well-being of our family and do not give to God what is needed to do His work. This is contrary to the demands of discipleship. To serve God as a holy warrior means total commitment to Him and to His cause.

Such commitment, aside from not letting attachment to the family to get in the way, also means not being attached to possessions. “In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” (v.33). Oftentimes, aside from family, the major stumbling block to fully serving the Lord is material possessions and the pursuit of such.

So much is demanded of us by God. And what is our reward? Persecution and suffering. “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (v.27). Holy warriors realize the privilege of serving Christ by proclaiming his salvation to all. This salvation came by way of the cross. Such is our privilege, to die to self as we give our all in the service of God.

We are families on mission.

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