Fulltimers -- Choices for the Kingdom
is an evangelistic and missionary community.
We exist to evangelize and to do mission.
E&M defines who we are and everything
that we do. Thus E&M is not just one of
our 7 Core Values, but is the fullness of
God’s design for us.
started his work of E&M by forming a core
group. He needed to have dedicated and totally
available people for the work. What they were
embarking on was the work of a lifetime. The
12 apostles were the first fulltimers.
too have been called. And you have responded.
You left your “nets” and even
your father “Zebedee.” Becoming
a fulltimer entails sacrifice. It is part
of the package. It is God’s intent.
was your motivation? (or what should be your
for God. You are responding to His great
love for you.
for your fellowmen, and the desire to
do something to bring Christ into other
desire to make this world a better place,
to reflect the Kingdom that is already
in our midst. To look to a future full
bring others, as many as possible, to
do you call that? It is called selfless love.
The work of a fulltimer is about love and
about selflessness. It is giving all till
there is nothing more to give, just like Jesus.
Becoming a fulltimer is actually the best
career choice one can ever make. In what other
job can your boss be Jesus himself? In what
other job can you be trained in so many skills
in the real world? In what other job can you
gain the confidence with which to face any
situation in life? Further, as has been said,
the pay is small but the retirement benefits
are out of this world.
more special call
there is a special kind of fulltimer (you
of course are all special). He is the missionary.
On top of what a fulltimer does, a missionary
gives even more. He gives up his familiar
circumstances and faces a somewhat unknown
environment in a far-off place in order to
serve God. A missionary:
home. This is our most basic place for
support and nurture. Leaving home is quite
to a relatively unknown place. The language,
culture, food, etc. would be different.
This of course is part of the excitement,
but it can be daunting nonetheless.
not have the physical presence of brethren
and of the community he has known for
so long, and where his friendships and
pastoral support are.
that is part of the calling to missionary
life. Then he has no one but God. He is simply
to trust in Jesus.
blessings come with missionary life?
has been said, one will have to fully
trust in God alone. But isn’t
that what Christianity is all about?
Having many other things to put our
trust in (family, community, resources,
etc.) actually can keep us from fully
trusting in God.
can be one of the best ways to grow
in holiness. Holiness is God’s
call to us. Given hardships and sacrifices,
these actually bring us closer to God.
even nobler path
there is an even nobler path. And that is
lay celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom.
It is giving up marriage, family life, financial
well-being, and one’s own will in order
to serve God without distraction. It is embracing
poverty, chastity (celibacy) and obedience.
It is giving up all in order to fully embrace
Jesus, and Him alone.
was like the call to the rich young man (Mt
19:16-21). Here was one who desired righteousness
and had been a good person. He wanted more.
Jesus then told him that if he wished to be
perfect, he should let go of everything and
then follow him. This is very hard. But then,
isn’t perfection what Jesus desires
for us? (Mt 5:48).
also talks about being free of anxieties (1
Cor 7:32-35). A married person is anxious
about the things of the world and of pleasing
his spouse, and is divided. A single person,
totally committed to God, is anxious only
about the things of the Lord and is not distracted.
not pursuing marriage goes against the grain.
The most natural thing is to fall in love,
get married, have a family, pursue a career,
have fun in life, follow one’s dreams.
But we also know that Christianity is a counter
culture. It does not run parallel to what
the world considers as desirable. Properly
lived out, it is what the world would call
is the foolishness of a Father offering His
own Son to a horrible death on the cross,
so that those who sent Him to the cross would
be saved. It is the foolishness of a Paul
who rejoices in affliction for the sake of
to God’s blessings
do you have to look forward to as you give
more and more of yourself—as a fulltimer,
as a missionary, as a lay celibate (priesthood,
religious life, or single for the Lord in
our community)? You might have in your mind
the unstated question of Peter (Mk 10:28).
Of course, giving oneself to God is reward
enough in itself. You have made your choice
not because of what you can get but what you
also know that God is never outdone in generosity
(Mk 10:29-30). God will return a hundredfold.
Including persecutions. For you would then
be worthy to suffer for Him.
the part of CFC-FFL, we are committed to support
you in your choices for the Kingdom. You would
never be just a hired hand. You serve the
King Himself. We know you are not in it for
money, for power, for position. Nevertheless,
we also know that you have human needs. So
we will try to support you in some of these.
The pay is sacrificial. You probably could
get more if you worked at a secular job. The
rewards are not financial but spiritual.
you for responding to God’s call. You
are a very important component of the life
and mission of CFC-FFL. We are blessed by
This paper is given to every new full-time
Dec 23, 2010)