THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
PAIN BRINGS GAIN
Many are called to servant leadership, because God’s
people need leaders, but those who are servants first and
foremost. We too as CFC-FFL are called to servant leadership
in the Church. We have been and are still doing much in living
out our Core Value of being a servant to the Church.
when you serve as a true servant leader, expect to work hard
and to make sacrifices, and know that your first and only
priority is the Master (Lk 17:7-8). Further, because we are
called to total self-giving, and because we are privileged
to do the very work of God, then even as we expend ourselves,
we should not expect to be thanked, recognized or extolled
(Lk 17:9). We are to just serve, and after expending our best
efforts, we are even to humbly recognize how far short we
fall in doing the lofty work of God (Lk 17:10). We can then
just appeal to God’s grace and mercy, to allow us to
continue to serve Him in all our failings and shortcomings.
In doing our service, two powerful opposing forces are at
work. They are God and the devil. God commands and sends us;
the devil opposes and attacks us. We are God’s children
destined for heaven, “for God formed us to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made us.” (Wis 2:23).
The devil resents this, and knowing God’s marching orders
for humankind, both to have dominion over the world and to
bring the world into the Kingdom, he will strive to blunt
the plan of God. And so, “by the envy of the devil,
death entered the world” (Wis 2:24a).
means suffering for the world, and especially for those servants
of God whom the devil vigorously opposes. But all things work
for the good of those who love God and are called according
to His purpose. So we need to see how suffering can be a great
blessing for us. In fact, was that not the way chosen by God
to redeem the world?
even as we withstand rigorous assaults from the enemy, God’s
servants must know that:
“The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them” (Wis 3:1).
when they are afflicted, even martyred, “they are
at peace.” (Wis 3:2-3).
when “they seem punished, yet is their hope full
of immortality” (Wis 3:4).
as they are “chastised a little, they shall be greatly
blessed” (Wis 3:5a).
as they are tried, God finds “them worthy of himself.”
as they are burned “as gold in the furnace,”
God proves them (Wis 3:6a).
as they are made “sacrificial offerings,”
God takes them to Himself (Wis 3:6b).
What do all these say? God is victorious, and we too will
be victorious. But we need to go through the fire. There will
be torment, affliction, punishment, chastisement, trial, purification
and sacrifice. But in all these, we are in God’s hands,
we are at peace, we hope to make it to heaven, we are greatly
blessed, we become worthy of God, we are proven in our servanthood,
and we will be taken to our heavenly home with God our Father.
to God’s faithful servants, God watches over them (Ps
34:16a), listens to and hears their cries (Ps 34:16b, 18a),
fights for them with regards to evil (Ps 34:17), and “he
rescues them from all their afflictions.” (Ps 34:18b).
God’s faithful servants, we have got it made! “The
Lord is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit
is crushed.” (Ps 34:19). “In the time of their
judgment they shall shine and dart about as sparks through
stubble; they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and
the Lord shall be their King forever.” (Wis 3:7-8).
a Lord and Master such as that, nothing can ever bring us
down. As long as we remain centered on Christ, we will never
lose our way. As long as we trust in Jesus, we shall understand
truth (Wis 3:9a). As long as we are faithful, we shall abide
with him in love (Wis 3:9b). Let every servant leader then
say, “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise
shall be always in my mouth. My soul will glory in the Lord”
those servant leaders who, by striving for holiness and to
be faithful to God’s call, are afflicted, oppressed,
seemingly lost, considered the least, unappreciated, rejoice.
In their poverty is their blessing. Why? “Because grace
and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with the
elect.” (Wis 3:9c). So then, “let the poor hear
and be glad.’ (Ps 34:3b).