THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
Today’s gospel: Luke 14:25-33
To be founded on the Rock that is Christ is to be an authentic
disciple. It is to have the mind and heart of Jesus. It is
to look to him as the Master who is to be obeyed in everything.
It is to strive to be another Christ. Now obviously that is
a great challenge. And indeed, the call to becoming a disciple
of Jesus is a great challenge. Consider what Jesus himself
“If any one comes to me without hating his father
and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and
even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (v.26).
of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot
be my disciple.” (v.33).
But these are areas that touch on the most important aspect
of our lives. Family is basic; we live our lives for our families.
Possessions are important; how can we feed our family without
this is precisely the point. What are important to us might
be the things that will keep us from fully serving Jesus.
Family and livelihood take up most of our time and energy.
Do we have anything left over for God?
In truth, Jesus does not tell us to hate our closest relatives.
In Semitic usage, to “hate” is to “love
less.” We should love our families. But we must always
know who is number one, and that is Jesus. If we do not love
our family less than we love Jesus, then we will be out serving
our family and probably neglecting serving Jesus. But the
call is to discipleship. If we are to follow Jesus, we do
so all the way and without holding anything back.
to possessions, God knows what we need and will provide. And
God does expect us to work for what we need in life. We work,
and He provides. But our livelihood or career can quickly
become our focus. And so we “renounce” our possessions,
that is, know that everything belongs to God and should be
used for the interests of the Kingdom. We do not pursue possessions,
but we pursue the work of the Kingdom in order to possess
Indeed, the call to discipleship is a call to deny oneself,
take up one’s cross, and follow Jesus. “Whoever
does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my
disciple.” (v.27). It is not about what we hold important
in life, such as family and material provisions. It is about
following Jesus wholeheartedly. If we do so, then everything
else comes into place. We do not end up neglecting our family
nor our material needs. God first, and everything else follows.
be founded on Rock, we ought to be authentic disciples of
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