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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2018
(Part 17)

GREAT PRIVILEGE, GREAT RESPONSIBILITY

October 25, 2017
Today’s gospel: Luke 12:39-48


As servants of the Master, we are destined for greatness in our works, as we do divine work and accomplish the very intent of God for the life of the world. We are instruments of God’s salvation. What a great privilege that is!

But with the privilege is the responsibility. God depends on His servants to accomplish His will. If we obey what He tells us, His will is done. If we do not, His will is thwarted. As such, failure to do His will has grave consequences. This is especially so for those whom God chooses, appoints, equips and anoints. God expects much from them. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (v.48b).

We in CFC-FFL have been raised by God precisely to proclaim His salvation to the ends of the earth. We have been given much. We have been given a clear vision and mission. God has raised many servant leaders within our community. We have seen many signs and wonders in ministry. We are uniquely poised to do even greater works in the years to come.

Unfortunately, there are those among us who have not come on board, and even some who have opposed the vision and become stumbling blocks. They will be punished severely. “That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely” (v.47). We have spoken of our mission clearly and often enough, and all members have been told what is our calling. If they do not carry out our mission, they will be held accountable by God.

There might be those who sincerely are ignorant of the fullness of our community life and mission. But they are still in an evangelistic and missionary community, which God raised and is counting on to accomplish His purposes. These members cannot just be useless appendages, receiving all the pastoral care without in turn contributing to achieving the community’s mission. They will also be held to account. Thus “the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly.” (v.48a). Mind you, they will still be beaten, or punished.

Where much is given, much is expected. Where one is destined for greatness, one is held to high standards of accountability. Where rewards for the upside are great, so too is the punishment for the downside.

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