Monday 7 December 2015

Monday of Holy Week

What does it mean to be a "minister"? A minister is supposed to be serving the interest of the people, so that all would prosper and progress; or in the context of a church minister, so that the people would grow in holiness and grow closer to God. But how many of the "ministers" around us are really doing their duty for the good of all? How many of such "ministers" are really serving and not merely trying to please the boss, superior or certain persons who would be beneficial to him or her. How many of us who are "ministers" or the "ministers" around us, are impartially and dedicatedly serving for the glory of God, not for their own personal gratification or to boost their prestige, pride and ego?

In today's reading, we are reminded about what it really means to be a "minister" or a servant to God: "Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have endowed him with my spirit that he may bring true justice to the nations. He does not cry out or shout aloud, or make his voice heard in the streets. He does not break the crushed reed, nor quench the wavering flame. Faithfully he brings true justice; he will neither waver, nor be crushed... I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand and formed you; I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations, 'to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.'"

Notice that such a "minister" or servant is supposed to bring true justice and to do all things for the glory of God. If you are a "minister," or if we observe the various ministers around us, are we as "ministers" really bringing true justice and serving for God's glory? Or have some of us been corrupted with greed, ego, power, wealth and personal glory, that we have begun to serve ourselves? May we take caution and not allow ourselves to fall into the ways of the world, or become conceited or corrupted. Instead, may we, in all we do, give glory to God.

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