THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
THE CROSSROAD: A BLESSING OR A CURSE?
March 6, 2011
As the crossroad nears, the readings today speak about how
we are to respond to what God is trying to do. The Lord
“I set before you here, this day, a blessing and
a curse: a blessing for obeying the commandments of the
Lord, your God, which I enjoin on you today; a curse if
you do not obey the commandments of the Lord, your God,
but turn aside from the way I ordain for you today”
Lord has always dealt with His people in this way, especially
those He calls to a special relationship with Him and are
given a special task. Obey and be blessed; disobey and be
cursed. This is because God goes out of His way to favor His
people and enable them to do His very own divine work. God
entrusts His important work to them. God makes Himself and
His very plan for the life of the world dependent upon His
people. Thus the consequences, whether we obey or disobey,
are correspondingly great.
CFC, when we obeyed, our work soared. Why not, since this
was God’s very own work, done in the very power of
His Spirit. But when we veered away, turning aside from
the way ordained for us, and when we became unfaithful,
then we suffered the consequences. There was deep crisis
in CFC resulting in a split. The enemy came close to destroying
here we are, the restored remnant, the CFC that is true
to its authentic charism. But all is not well. Infidelities
persist. So as we face the crossroad, God again gives us
the choice: to obey or to disobey, to be blessed or to be
Why is it that infidelities, even for the restored CFC-FFL,
still persist? One reason is because our brethren and leaders
have not fully grasped the grand vision of God for us, and
the necessity of being truly faithful to our call and covenant.
Many of our brethren simply believe that they are doing
OK, and do not bother to enter more deeply into the fullness
of God’s call.
all, they are already living a life in Christ, taking care
of their families, serving in community, in fact always
calling out “Lord, Lord.” Many prophesy in God’s
name during households and prayer assemblies, engage the
enemy in combat and drive out demons from the lives of those
evangelized and transformed, do mighty works of mission.
But Jesus himself says, “Not everyone who says to
me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of
heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father
in heaven.” (Mt 7:21).
is the will of the Father in heaven? As far as we as CFC-FFL
are concerned, it is to do the work of evangelization, of
renewing the family and of defending life. How do we do
that? The following are part of God’s commands to
Live out faithfully the CFC-FFL covenant that we have
committed ourselves to (including attending meetings and
supporting the community financially).
the work of massive worldwide evangelization (Is 49:6).
the servant through whom God shows His glory (Is 49:3).
in holiness and Christian perfection.
Some of us might actually be surprised when we try to enter
heaven, thinking we have lived for Christ and served him,
only to be told, “I never knew you.” (Mt 7:23a).
But Lord, Lord, did we not do this or that for you? If we
persist in our own sense of righteousness, Jesus might then
go further and say, “Depart from me, you evildoers.”
(Mt 7:23b). I really hope such a thing does not happen.
evil could we possibly do now that we are active in CFC-FFL?
Well, it could be any of the following:
If we do not gather. Then we scatter. That is, if we do
not evangelize and help gather God’s people, then,
by our inactivity, we contribute to their remaining scattered,
easy prey to the enemy. That would be an evil act of omission.
we are neither hot nor cold, if we are lukewarm. That
is, we are not bursting with zeal and enthusiasm for the
wonderful work entrusted to us; we are complacent; we
are fence sitters; we look to our comfort zones. Then
Jesus will spit us out of his mouth
we have priorities other than the Lord. That is, we are
so taken up with the good things from God, such as family
and our secular jobs, that we neglect to live the life
of community and the service of God. Then we have the
evil of idols in our lives.
we do not honor God with our wealth. That is, if we rob
Him by withholding our tithe. We then must be doing evil
because God Himself calls us accursed.
With all the above, we adversely affect the mission God has
entrusted to us. We might even be the cause of the loss of
some souls. So there could indeed be a chance that we would
be unwittingly doing evil. Why then take chances?
should we do?
Obey! Act on God’s word. Do the will of the Father.
Be faithful in living out our covenant.
way we build our house on rock. Don’t be the fool
who built his house on sand. Choose the blessing, not the
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