THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
Today’s gospel: Luke 14:25-33
We are families on mission. Mission means doing what Jesus
sends us to do. This entails discipleship. We belong to him
and it is he who tells us what to do.
here is a challenge. We only have limited time, energy and
resources. How much do we devote to our family and how much
to mission? Indeed, for many, the reason for not doing mission
is their family.
makes clear what is the priority. “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 does not only say following
him is the priority over one’s own closest relatives,
he tells us to hate these! But we are supposed to love them,
are we not?
Semitic usage, to hate is to love less. Jesus is talking here
about priorities. It is often our love for parents, siblings
and children that keep us from giving our all to Jesus. In
which case, we cannot be his disciple. Because discipleship
demands our all, holding nothing back.
The same is true about our possessions. Jesus says, “In
the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his
possessions cannot be my disciple.” (v.33). Jesus knows
the allure or even hold possessions have over us. Such was
the case with the rich young man. But we cannot serve both
God and mammon. So if we are to follow Jesus, possessions
must have no hold over us, must not be able to hold us back.
is more. Jesus says, “Whoever does not carry his own
cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (v.27).
Discipleship entails sacrifice. It is the nature of the call
to holiness and serving Christ. Yes we want to follow Jesus,
but can we drink the cup? This is why discipleship is about
self-denial and embrace of the cross, after which we can then
we deny ourselves are those things most precious and important
to us. These are family, livelihood/possessions, and comfort/convenience.
Now these will not necessarily be denied by Jesus to his disciples.
In truth, when we follow Jesus, that is the best life ever.
As families on mission, we are to love and care for our families,
and we are to work at secular endeavors in order to provide
necessary material resources for mission.
what Jesus is saying is this: know what is your priority.
If you get that right, everything else will fall into place.
So do you want to be a family on mission? Do you want to say,
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”?
Then know what the cost is. ”Which of you wishing to
construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the
cost to see if there is enough for its completion?”
(v.28). The cost has already been given by Jesus himself.
It is everything that we are. It is all of our time, talent
and treasure. It is not holding anything back, even our very