THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
FAITH IN JESUS
December 6, 2019
What does it mean to be founded on the Rock that is Christ?
it is having faith in Jesus. But not just believing faith,
but rather expectant faith. It is not just acknowledging Jesus
as Savior and Lord, but believing that Jesus can do wonders
in our lives, including miracles. This is what happened with
the two blind man, who cried out to Jesus for pity, desiring
to be able to see. Jesus said, “Do you believe that
I can do this?” (Mt 9:28b). When they said yes, Jesus
made them see.
are our lives in Jesus? Yes, we have accepted him, yes we
are trying to live for him, but we are often disappointed,
sad, tired, defeated. This is not the fault of Jesus, who
wants only what is best for us. It is entirely ours, as we
lack supernatural faith. Jesus says, “Let it be done
for you according to your faith.” (Mt 9:29b). We believe,
and it will be done for us.
of having supernatural faith is enlarging our vision. We are
often limited by our human expectations and experiences. But
we must dream dreams. We must put on the mind of Christ. We
must know that we are instruments of God intended by Him to
do divine work. What can God accomplish? What does God want
to accomplish? God wants to overturn the wisdom of the world.
God wants to reverse the wrongs that are happening in the
world. God will make the deaf hear and the blind see (Is 29:18).
God will depose the tyrant, the scoffer and the evildoer (Is
29:20). God wants to lift the shame of His people (Is 29:22).
Second, we must not be afraid. It can indeed be a source of
dread if we seriously consider what God wants us to be and
to do. If we become God’s holy warriors, we will encounter
a world that is antagonistic, and which will be intent on
assaulting, oppressing and persecuting us. But if we are founded
on Rock, then “the Lord is my light and my salvation;
…. the Lord is my life’s refuge” (Ps 27:1a,c).
If so, then “whom should I fear? Of whom should I be
afraid?” (Ps 27:1b,d).
will not be afraid if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, knowing
he is our Savior, protector and provider. We will not be afraid
if we seek his face, draw near to him, be with him, desire
him most of all. We must be single-minded in our thirst for
God and His ways. “One thing I ask of the Lord; this
I seek: to dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of
my life, to gaze on the Lord’s beauty, to visit his
temple.” (Ps 27:4). And ultimately, we fix our gaze
it will not just be dreaming of heaven, but actively working
and striving on earth. We must have faith that God is acting
among His people, seeking to bring them to where He wants
them to be. But God relies on His human instruments. That
is us. If we work for the Kingdom of God in our midst, then
the world will be a better place. “I believe I shall
see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.”
we must never be discouraged. There will be plenty of disappointments
and seeming setbacks, but if we have faith in Jesus and trust
in his love for and work in us, then we simply endure and
persevere. “Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted,
wait for the Lord!” (Ps 27:14). True warriors never
Finally, we must be about the work that Jesus has commissioned
us to do. It is interesting how the two previously-blind men
disobeyed Jesus, who “warned them sternly, ‘See
that no one knows about this.’” (Mt 9:30). He
said this because his time had not yet come. But what did
the two men do? “But they went out and spread word of
him through all that land.” (Mt 9:31).
were commanded not to spread the news about what he did, but
they did so anyway. We are commanded to spread the good news
of salvation in him, but many of us do not. The two men could
not contain the good news. Their hearts would have burst.
Paul says, woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel. We must
do the work of evangelization.
on the Rock that is Christ? Then have faith and spread the