THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
BEING SALT AND LIGHT
February 9, 2020
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
How are we to be founded on the Rock that is Christ? Like
Paul, we must resolve “to know nothing …. except
Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Cor 2:2). We are
to be totally focused on Jesus and the salvation he won for
us on the cross, and we are to know and live out his ways.
we do so, then God can use us for His purposes. We can become
instruments of His holy will. And God does intend to use us,
to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light
of the world.” (Mt 5:13a,14a). Jesus calls us to be
his witnesses. This is both a silent and a verbal witness.
In living our lives as salt, we are to silently bring God’s
flavor to a flavorless world through our good deeds and holy
lives. In living our lives as light, we are to verbally proclaim
the gospel, which dispels the darkness in people’s lives.
God does not touch and change our lives just so that we can
live for ourselves and not influence the world around us.
People do not “light a lamp and then put it under a
bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light
to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before
others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your
heavenly Father.” (Mt 5:15-16).
does our light shine forth? This is through virtues that God
develops in us, as He moves us on to holiness. “Light
shines through the darkness for the upright” (Ps 112:4a).
What are some of these important virtues?
(Ps 112:4b). We should respect and show kindness to others.
In our dealings, we are gentle, forbearing, tolerant, understanding,
courteous, decent, patient, benevolent, affectionate, empathic.
Compassion (Ps 112:4c). Like Jesus, our hearts should be
moved with pity for all those who are like sheep without
a shepherd. We must be mindful of the sufferings and misfortunes
Righteousness (Ps 112:4d). We are to be morally upright
and strive to live lives of purity. We are to be holy as
God is holy. We are to live our lives with integrity.
Justice. It is about a man “who conducts his affairs
with justice.” (Ps 112:5b). We are to give others
what is their due, looking on everyone as a child of God,
for whom Jesus died and whom God wants to restore to Himself.
to the poor. “Lavishly he gives to the poor”
(Ps 112:9a). One of our seven MFC Core Values is living
a preferential option for the poor. We look to the least
and most vulnerable among our brethren.
Mercy. We are forbearing and extend forgiveness to those
who wrong us, try not to take offense, pass over slights
and insults, turn the other cheek.
Not being judgmental. We are to remove “the accusing
finger” (Is 58:9d). We avoid being critical of others,
we are not into fault-finding, we do not condemn nor disparage
Righteous speech. Our speech must be upbuilding. We are
to remove “malicious speech” (Is 58:9e), such
as lying, maligning, gossip.
If we do all these, and more, “then your light shall
break forth like the dawn” (Is 58:8a). “Then your
light shall rise in the darkness” (Is 58:10b). Then
you would truly be founded on the Rock that is Christ.
We must realize who we are and what we are called to do. As
instruments of God, we are about “proclaiming the mystery
of God” (1 Cor 2:1a). We tap into the inscrutable mind
of God. We proclaim the mystery of salvation in Jesus. We
are weak, sinful flesh that act in the strength of the Holy
part of the armies of God, we go forth in God’s power.
We go forth “with a demonstration of spirit and power
(1 Cor 2:4b). In our work of evangelization and mission, we
rely not on our own capabilities and resources but totally
on God, so that our “faith might rest not on human wisdom
but on the power of God.” (1 Cor 2:5). This is so liberating
as we go about our work. We can do God’s work even without
“sublimity of words or of wisdom” (1 Cor 2:1b),
even “in weakness and fear and much trembling”
(1 Cor 2:3), even if “my message and my proclamation
were not with persuasive words of wisdom” (1 Cor 2:4a).
Indeed, in our weakness is the strength of God.
Therefore, being founded on Rock, we trust fully in God. How
should this trust be manifest in our life and work?
We must never be afraid and must always rest in the peace
of Christ. “His heart is tranquil, without fear”
(Ps 112:8a). Even as we face a formidable enemy, we are
confident of God’s victory. The holy warrior simply
goes about his work, “till at last he looks down on
his foes.” (Ps 112:8b).
We must not be discouraged by challenges or even occasional
defeats. “He shall not fear an ill report” (Ps
112:7a). We know God is with us and we are doing divine
work. When seeming negatives happen, God wants us to learn
from mistakes and grow deeper in virtues. The holy warrior
simply plods on, as “his heart is steadfast, trusting
the Lord.” (Ps 112:7b).
We must stand firm in our resolve, enduring and persevering.
“For he shall never be shaken” (Ps 112:6a).
We must know we are built on Rock, and the winds and floods
that assault us cannot bring us down.
As holy warriors, we go forth into spiritual war. We go forth
in God’s power and provision. We trust in Him and always
rely on Him. As this is God’s divine work and He has
sent us, then God will always be there for us. “Then
you shall call, and the Lord will answer, you shall cry for
help, and he will say: ‘Here I am!’” (Is