THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
NOT IN THE WAY OF THE WORLD
December 30, 2019
Today’s reading: 1 John 2:12-17
One who listens to and acts on God’s word is one who
builds his house on rock. The floods and winds buffet the
house but it will not collapse. Thus, “whoever does
the will of God remains forever.” (v.17b).
we building on rock? What does God’s word tell us? “Do
not love the world or the things of the world.” (v.15a).
Do we understand and obey? Or are we unwittingly loving the
things of the world and taking on its ways? Such as consumerism,
gossip, selfishness, political correctness. Are we trying
to have it both waysGod as well as the world? But God
tells us clearly, “If anyone loves the world, the love
of the Father is not in him.” (v.15b). You cannot serve
God and mammon. What the world offers is “sensual lust,
enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life” (v.16).
All these “are passing away.” (v.17a). Those who
embrace these are building on sand.
we are ending this year, it is good to review what we have
held important in our life, what we have spent our time and
money on, what our priorities have been. It might surprise
us to know that we have not been building solidly on rock.
If so, we have not been fully following God. If so, we have
let the evil one encroach into our lives.
us resolve to build our lives, our homes, our community and
our Church on the Rock that is Christ. If so, then “you
are strong and the word of God remains in you, and you have
conquered the evil one.” (v.14c).