THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
A GOD OF STRENGTH
Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-40
God is a God of strength and power. This is what Moses reminded
the Israelites, on the eve of his death, at 120 years old,
having brought God’s people from Egypt to the desert
and to the edge of the promised land. Moses told them how
God made a nation for Himself “with his strong hand”
(Dt 4:34), how He personally led them “out of Egypt
by his great power” (Dt 4:37).
is the same God who has raised us today as His people. God
has a purpose, that we might be His servant through whom He
will show His glory (Is 49:3). This is our great privilege,
to be able to be God’s instrument, to do His very will,
to accomplish His divine purpose for the life of the world.
such we must respond. How? “You must keep his statutes
and commandments which I enjoin on you today, that you and
your children after you may prosper, and that you may have
long life on the land which the Lord, your God, is giving
you forever.” (Dt 4:40).
First, we must obey God. God gives us the Ten Commandments
(through Moses at Mount Sinai) plus all the other commandments
given by Jesus directly and through his disciples. For us
as CFC-FFL, there are two basic commandments that can encompass
everything else. One, we are to grow in holiness (1 Pt 1:15-16),
and two, we are to do the work of evangelization and mission
we must observe God’s way of life as given to us. As
CFC-FFL, this way of life is represented by our covenant.
We are to be faithful to our covenant, knowing that this is
not meant to burden us, but to support us to live out our
calling. God calls us not only as individuals and as families,
but as a community, as a family of families. We can only be
properly formed and become what God intends if we remain faithful
to every aspect of our covenant.
we must realize that our work of evangelization is done within
the context of renewing the family and defending life. When
we obey God’s commands and live His way of life, then,
as Moses says, our children will prosper and we will have
a long life on the land. Obedience directly impacts on family
After 30 years, God has formed us as a community, including
our wandering at times in the desert. “Out of the heavens
he let you hear his voice to discipline you” (Dt 4:36a)
in order that we might be chastised, purified and grow in
holiness. Then “on earth he let you see his great fire”
(Dt 4:36b), witnessing the rapid and massive evangelization
work made possible by the Holy Spirit. God has given us our
very clear vision and mission. Now, on this our 30th year,
the fullness of God’s strength is being made available
to us. It is now entirely up to us how we are to respond.
have already seen what God can do--in our personal lives,
in our families, and in the world through our work. “All
this you were allowed to see that you might know the Lord
is God and there is no other.” (Dt 4:35). Our God is
victorious, and His strong right hand continues to be outstretched.
In that let us rejoice, and confidently march on into the
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