THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
A TRULY FULFILLED AND BLESSED LIFE
“Hallelujah! Blessed the man who fears the Lord, who
greatly delights in his commands.” (Ps 112:1). We are
God’s people. We are Jesus’ disciples and servants.
We are instruments of the Holy Spirit to accomplish God’s
plan for the world. We ought to be in awe of our God, who
is Almighty, eternal and all-powerful. And we ought to obey
His commandments. No, not just obey, but delight in them!
His commands are the way forward for us.
most basic command is the commandment to love. The whole law
and the prophets “are summed up in this saying, namely
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
(Rom 13:9b). And so it is that “the one who loves another
has fulfilled the law.” (Rom 13:8b). How are we to love?
We are to do good and not evil. “Love does no evil to
the neighbor” (Rom 13:10a).
from the basic command to love, there are of course many others.
Or, put another way, we manifest God’s love in so many
different ways. For us in CFC-FFL, love is reflected in our
fulfilling our mission. There are three basic aspects of our
evangelization. Jesus’ basic command or commission before
he ascended into heaven was for his disciples to proclaim
the good news of salvation to all throughout the whole world
(we will see the crucial need for this in tomorrow’s
family renewal. We work at strengthening marriages and renewing
the family. We look to the well-being of our children and
our children’s children, thus through the generations.
We do all this by passing on the faith, ensuring our children
(and many other children) that they meet and live Christ.
“His descendants shall be mighty in the land, a generation
of the upright will be blessed.” (Ps 112:2).
work with the poor. We work at liberation, from sin and from
poverty. Our work, which is Jesus’ own work, has spiritual
and social dimensions. “Lavishly he gives to the poor”
calling us to this mission, we are to give our all. God’s
work is all-important. Christ’s disciples are to focus
on his commission. While we take care of our families, we
are not to use that as an excuse not to do Jesus’ mission.
“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.” (Lk 14:26).
While we work to provide for the needs of our families and
to better our lives materially, we are not to use livelihood
as an excuse not to do Jesus’ mission. Nor are we to
use the blessings God gives through secular work merely for
our own benefit and not for our mission. “In the same
way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.” (Lk 14:32b).
obey God is extremely challenging and difficult (impossible
if not by His grace and the power of the Spirit). But this
is the wonderful call to discipleship. There will be difficulties,
suffering and pain. It is embracing the cross. “Whoever
does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my
disciple.” (Lk 14:27). But the cross is but the way
take care of our children as well as look to the children
of others as we evangelize. God then takes care of us. “Wealth
and riches shall be in his house” (Ps 112:3a). We take
care of God’s beloved poor, and our “righteousness
shall endure forever” (Ps 112:9b). We do justice, that
is, give to others what is their due (worship to God, respect
to other people, equitable share of goods to the poor), as
one “who conducts his affairs with justice” (Ps
112:5b), and we “shall never be shaken; the righteous
shall be remembered forever.” (Ps 112:6).
take care of God’s affairs and He takes cares of ours.
That is a wonderful “deal”! God can do for us
enormously much more than we can do for ourselves, whether
for our families or for our livelihood. Thus we can have peace
and joy in our hearts always. “For he shall never be
shaken; He shall not fear an ill report; his heart is steadfast,
trusting the Lord. His heart is tranquil, without fear”
that not what life ought to be? A life of love, peace and
joy. A life filled with hope and trust. A life of righteousness.
A life doing mission for God. A life where one’s family
is blessed, as one is used to be a blessing to others, especially
to the poor. Let the psalmist say it again: “Hallelujah!
Blessed the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in