THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2019
Today’s gospel: Luke 14:25-33
As holy warriors, we are to take responsibility for our families,
both their spiritual well-being and also their participating
in the work of the Kingdom. We serve the Lord. Now there are
two very important elements of our spiritual life hereour
family and our service to God. We are to do both well, neglecting
neither. However, it must be clear to us what is the greater
priority. It is God and His work. God expects total dedication
says, “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). Jesus
is not telling us to actually hate our closest relatives.
We after all are to love our neighbor, and our relatives are
our closest neighbors. In Semitic language, to hate is to
love less. Thus we love God with our whole heart, mind, soul
and strength. Everything else is extra. But in giving God
our all, everything else will fall into place.
we neglect to serve God to the utmost and we give our family
as an excuse. We use much of our time, talent and treasure
for the well-being of our family and do not give to God what
is needed to do His work. This is contrary to the demands
of discipleship. To serve God as a holy warrior means total
commitment to Him and to His cause.
commitment, aside from not letting attachment to the family
to get in the way, also means not being attached to possessions.
“In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce
all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” (v.33).
Oftentimes, aside from family, the major stumbling block to
fully serving the Lord is material possessions and the pursuit
much is demanded of us by God. And what is our reward? Persecution
and suffering. “Whoever does not carry his own cross
and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (v.27). Holy
warriors realize the privilege of serving Christ by proclaiming
his salvation to all. This salvation came by way of the cross.
Such is our privilege, to die to self as we give our all in
the service of God.
are families on mission.