THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
RECEIVING GOD’S STRENGTH
December 9, 2010
Awesome is the Almighty God. We “speak of (His) fearsome
power and attest to (His) great deeds.” (Ps 145:6).
He is a God for whom nothing is impossible. Doing miracles
is natural for such a God. He can “turn the desert into
a marshland, and the dry ground into springs of water.”
this Almighty God is the God whom we serve. This Almighty
God is the One for whom we are instruments.
We know that in our life and mission in CFC-FFL, we face great
challenges. And why not? We oppose Satan himself. And since
we are called to do the very divine work of God, then Satan
opposes and oppresses us. Thus it is but natural that those
who truly serve God are those who will undergo persecution
and suffering and pain.
matters is that we face this great enemy but we ourselves
are very weak. We are sinful human flesh. We oftentimes give
in to our human desires and priorities. We often are the obstacles
to God using us in His power. Though we want to serve God
and be used by Him, we often give in to the ravages of the
flesh, the world and the devil.
the midst of our frustration and perhaps even on the verge
of giving up, we hear God assuring us, “For I am the
Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say
to you, ‘Fear not I will help you.’” (Is
41:13). God assures us of His help, as He intends to do His
divine work through His human instruments. He not only encourages
us, but He takes us by our hand. He raises us when we are
down. He walks along with us on the right path. He leads us
in the way we are to go. The power of His mighty hand passes
on to our own right hand.
God passes on His very strength and power, and we become willing
and faithful instruments, then we will experience the awesome
might of God. What God does, God will allow us to do. “I
will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and double-edged,
to thresh the mountains and crush them, to make the hills
like chaff.” (Is 41:15).
Let us look at John the Baptist, who prepared the way for
Jesus. Who was John? He was Elijah (Mt 11:14). He was destined
to go “in the spirit and power of Elijah” (Lk
1:17a). To do what? “To turn the hearts of fathers toward
children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,
to prepare a people fit for the Lord.” (Lk 1:17b). That
sounds very much like our work of evangelization and family
here is the surprising thing. Jesus says that “among
those born of women there has been none greater than John
the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater
than he.” (Mt 11:11). John’s greatness lay in
his work of preparing the way for Jesus, as he announced the
imminent coming of the kingdom. Now this is our task as well!
We do a worldwide work of evangelization in order to prepare
the way for the second coming of Christ and the establishment
of his eternal kingdom. If God uses us in this way, manifesting
His power and strength in our work, then we, including the
least among us, would truly do great things.
We know we can trust in God and in His assurance. “The
Lord is trustworthy in every word, and faithful in every work.”
(Ps 145:13b). So we look not to our weakness, but to the very
power and strength of God. In fact, it is precisely in our
nothingness and our emptiness that God is able to fill us
and use us. We are nothing, but God is everything. We face
an awesome work, but we simply trust in the God who uses us
for His purpose. “Fear not, O worm Jacob, O maggot Israel;
I will help you, says the Lord” (Is 41:14).
move on, knowing that our God is now our strength.
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