THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
IN THE WAY OF PAUL
December 22, 2019
Today’s reading: Romans 1:1-7
Paul’s greeting to the Romans contains so much of what
we are called to be and to do, and is a summary of what it
means to be built on the Rock that is Christ.
we are “called to be holy.” (v.7b). To be holy
is to be set apart. To be holy is to be “clean of hand
and pure of heart” (Ps 24:4a). We have been called and
chosen, anointed and appointed, sanctified and sent.
we are called to be “a slave of Christ Jesus”
(v.1a). We “are called to belong to Christ Jesus”
(v.6). We are owned by God. As servants and slaves, we are
to do only what God wills us to do. Our only priority is God’s
priority. We hold nothing on our own but everything we have
is God’s, to be used for His purposes. This is what
it means for us as MFC to be “of Christ.”
we are “called to be an apostle” (v.1b). An apostle
is one who is sent. We are sent into the whole world to proclaim
“the gospel about his Son” (v.3a) to every creature.
We are to make disciples of all the nations. “Through
him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about
the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all
the Gentiles” (v.5).This is the most important work
of Christians and of the Church, to proclaim the gospel of
salvation in Jesus to the world. We are “set apart for
the gospel of God” (v.1c). This is what it means for
us as MFC to be “missionary.”
do we summarize all the above further? We are called to be
holy warriors. To be holy is to be set apart. To be a warrior
is to be an apostle who is sent to engage the enemy in establishing
the Kingdom of God in the world. Thus to be a holy warrior
is to be set apart and sent as a servant and a soldier.
more thing. In this war and our mission, we already have the
victory of God over the enemy. Jesus crushed the head of the
serpent on Calvary, when he died on the cross and on the third
day rose from the dead. The One whom we follow has been “established
as Son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
(v.4). Jesus is the Holy One of God in whom is all power and
authority, and it is he who leads us forth into battle.
onward, holy warriors! “Grace to you and peace from
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (v.7c).