THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
NOT BUILT ON SAND
December 5, 2019
Today’s gospel is where we have derived our theme for
next year 2020. It is about the two foundations, on whether
we build on rock or on sand. We of course build on the Rock
that is Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians today build
are many who are nominal Christians. They carry the name Christian,
they might even profess Christ, but they do not live Christ.
They will be surprised at the final judgment when they are
refused entry into heaven. “Not everyone who says to
me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”
(Mt 7:21).How do we enter heaven? We must do the will of God.
We must be obedient to Christ. We must be docile to the Holy
are many who trust not in God but in the workings of man.
These are those Christians who have become secularized. They
are those who are focused on man rather than God. They conform
to the culture of the age. They rely on human strength and
resources rather than putting their lives in the hands of
God. They look to defeating the works of the enemy through
human values, such as political correctness.They are founded
on sand. “Better to take refuge in the Lord than to
put one’s trust in mortals. Better to take refuge in
the Lord than to put one’s trust in princes.”
are those who look to rely on their own personal strengths
and abilities, even among those who serve in the Church. Leaders
do not act as servants. Leaders look to power, position and
perquisites. They have their own agenda, priorities and preferences.
When they pray, it is to ask God to confirm their own desires.
But only Jesus shows us the way. Only in Jesus can we overcome
and attain the victory as holy warriors. Only in Jesus can
we tap on to the strength of the Spirt. “A strong city
have we; he sets up victory as our walls and ramparts.”
are those who look to salvation through human institutions
and efforts. For peace in the world they look to the United
Nations. For unity among peoples they look to acceptance of
all religions as equal. For justice they look to humanitarian
work and focus on things like climate change, all of which
oftentimes promote aspects of the culture of D.E.A.T.H. For
prosperity they look to the designs of man. They will be very
disappointed. Only in Jesus can we find true peace (shalom).
“With firm purpose you maintain peace; in peace, because
of our trust in you.” (Is 26:3). Only in Jesus can we
find true social justice and care for the poor. “He
humbles those who dwell on high, the lofty city he brings
down, brings it down to the ground, levels it to the dust.
The feet of the needy trample on itthe feet of the poor.”
(Is 26:5-6). Only is Jesus is salvation. “Lord, grant
salvation!” (Ps 118:25a). And for those who live God’s
covenant, they will enjoy bountiful blessings, including prosperity,
that come from God. “Lord, grant good fortune!”
are those who listen to false messiahs. They are the promoters
of sects, cults, the New Age, Freemasonry, even Satanism.
These false messiahs come in the name of false gods. But there
is only one true God, and there is only one true Lord and
Master, and that is Jesus. Only is his name can we be blessed.
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
do we enter heaven? We must not build on sand. We are to live
lives of holiness and righteousness. “Open the gates
of righteousness; I will enter and thank the Lord. This is
the Lord’s own gate, through it the righteous enter.”
(Ps 118:19-20). We are to look to and trust only in God. “Trust
in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal Rock.”
(Is 26:4). A Rock indeed. We must be founded on the Rock that