THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
BEING LIKE THE KING
December 1, 2019
To be built on Rock, we must be like Jesus. To be the Church’s
living stones, we must be founded on and integrated with the
cornerstone. We are to be holy as God is holy, and we are
to avoid being stained with sin. We are to “put on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of
the flesh.” (Rom 13:14).
What does it mean to put on Jesus? Let me make an imperfect
analogy to try to illustrate the meaning. During Halloween,
kids put on all sorts of costumes. As they go around in a
familiar neighborhood, people who know them do not address
them as William or Olivia, but as Captain Marvel or Snow White.
They are recognized as who they have made themselves to be,
as evidenced by what they have put on.
a similar way, we are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. We
are to be like him. We are to wear his mantle of holiness.
We are to be recognized by people as embodying him. We are
to be another Christ.
does this happen? “Let us then throw off the works of
darkness and put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:12b).
How do we do that? “Let us conduct ourselves properly
as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity
and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy.” (Rom
13:13). We are not to engage in sexual immorality, as many
people, including so-called Christians, do today. We are not
to turn what is good into bad (wine is good but getting drunk
is bad; power and authority are necessary to serve as leaders,
but abuse of these is bad). And especially for leaders in
Christian community, we are not to engage in rivalry and jealousy.
We are leaders and thus servants, serving the one Master.
We are on the same team and have only one enemy, the evil
one. We are to help one another become holier and of greater
service to God, even surpassing what we ourselves have become
All the above is especially critical, as we are already in
the end times. “And do this because you know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation
is nearer now than when we first believed” (Rom 13:11).
MFC is over 38 years old. The return of Jesus is thus over
38 years nearer than when we first began. Of course we do
not know when Jesus will return. All the more, we should be
awake and vigilant, constantly striving for holiness and bringing
many more to him. “Therefore, stay awake! For you do
not know on which day your Lord will come.” (Mt 24:42).
very many people are just engaged in the world, unmindful
of what is to come. They are “eating and drinking, marrying
and giving in marriage” (Mt 24:38b). They are out working
in the field or grinding at the mill (Mt 24:40a,41a). But
Jesus will return. On that day, it would already be too late
for those who have not striven to put on Christ. “They
did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.”
(Mt 24:39). “So, too, you also must be prepared, for
at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
So we must be build on the Rock that is Christ. That means
living his holiness and doing his mission. Unfortunately,
people today are looking not to Christ but to human capabilities
and institutions. For example, we all want peace in our societies
and in the world. But all we have is strife, disorder, disunity
and war. People look to the United Nations, which has failed
in bringing peace to the world. The world today has very many
deadly conflicts, both across borders and within one’s
borders. Outside the UN building in New York City, you will
find this quote from Isaiah: “They shall beat their
swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor
shall they train for war again.” (Is 2:4b). The exact
opposite is happening. The arms race continues, nations continue
to arm themselves more with deadlier weapons, nations have
invaded other nations, and nations are training their armies
Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace, can bring about peace in
the world. Only God “shall judge between the nations
and set terms for many peoples.” (Is 2:4a). Justice
does not come through the International Court of Justice.
And certainly peace cannot come from the bureaucrats at the
UN. What are nations to do then? Simple. “House of Jacob,
come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!” (Is 2:5).
And in God, “there are the thrones of justice”
This is our task. We are to enable people to meet Christ so
they can then live Christ. Then they themselves can share
Christ. Our Church can then become an army of evangelizers.
“Many peoples shall come and say: ‘Come, let us
go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God
of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may
walk in his paths.’” (Is 2:3a). We are to proclaim
Christ to all the nations. We are to help disciple the nations,
so that their God will not be the gods of this world but the
one true God. This is our purpose for rapid, massive and worldwide
evangelization. This is our vision, that “in the days
to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established
as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. All nations
shall stream toward it.” (Is 2:2).
joy is to serve God. Our joy is to see people turning to God.
“I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go to
the house of the Lord.’” (Ps 122:1). Our joy is
to help bring many more people to Jesus, to ground their lives
on him, and to see them make it to heaven. “And now
our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem.”
(Is 122:2). We reach out to our relatives and friends and
all others. We help them find inner peace and peace in their
surroundings. We introduce them to the Prince of Peace. “For
the sake of my brothers and friends I say, ‘Peace be
with you.’” (Ps 122:8).
Be founded on the Rock that is Christ. Be holy and do mission.
Find peace. Be ready for the Lord’s return. Make it