THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
GREAT PRIVILEGE, GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
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!
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.”
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.
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
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,
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.