THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
FERVOR OF FIRST LOVE
Today’s reading: Revelation 1:1-5, 2:1-5
John writes, “for the appointed time is near.”
(v.1:3b). We are in the end times. But Jesus has not returned,
almost two millennia later. Well, that just means we are almost
two millennia closer to when Jesus will indeed return. The
time given us, and the Church, is intended for the work of
proclaiming the gospel, so that many more can be saved, before
Jesus comes again.
a way we in CFC-FFL are like the Church in Ephesus. We have
a lot of good going for us, and there is a lot of spiritual
work we have done. We have grown in spiritual maturity through
three decades. “I know your works, your labor, and your
endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked”
(v.2:2a). We indeed have gone through the ups and downs of
ministry, suffered much hardships and pain, but we are still
here, still serving. “Moreover, you have endurance and
have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary.”
(v.2:3). We are still determined to fulfill our mission.
we also have faltered, not just in our evangelization, but
also in our zeal for community life. For over a decade now,
fidelity to covenant has been waning. Rather than burning
like wildfire, some seem to already have burned out. Thus
our God holds us to task. “Yet I hold this against you:
you have lost the love you had at first.” (v.2:4). How
we act is always about how much we love Jesus.
downside is manifested in various ways: weariness rather than
persistent endurance, other priorities rather than the one
priority of God, disunity in community, dissent within the
body, infighting among leaders, faltering attendance at households
and gatherings, lack of financial generosity, resisting our
response to the New Evangelization (LCSC), and so on. Do we
actually “realize how far (we) have fallen?! (v.2:5a).
Are we still complacent, even smug?
Lord says to us today, “Repent, and do the works you
did at first.” (v.2:5b). What did we do at first? From
the very start, it had always been about evangelization founded
on family renewal. And such evangelization is rapid, massive
and worldwide. For a time we were searching for answers, for
how to turn things around. Now the Holy Spirit has already
shown us the way. It is the tandem of CFC-FFL family renewal
and LCSC massive evangelization.
more excuses. Just humble submission. And obedience to God.
“Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand
from its place, unless you repent.” (v.2:5). Repentance
is a radical change in “direction,” not more of
the same. It is about how we live our community life and do
our Church work.
pray that with our repentance and renewed response to God’s
call, God will allow our lampstand to stay in place, and even