Humbled and Tested

Government and politics is known to have so-called public servants who are, in fact, ‘lords’ looking for power, position, influence, acclaim, comfort and convenience. Unfortunately in the Church too there are leaders who while professing to seek God’s interests also protect and enhance their own – they thus end up proclaiming themselves instead of Christ.

Perhaps two major truths would preclude false servant hood or keep power seekers away from such roles of service:

“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” (Mk 9:35b)

This was demonstrated when Jesus took the lowest place when he washed the feet of his disciples. Not knowing this truth would lead to insisting on our own ways and seeking adequate thanks and recognition. We will be envious and let acclaim go to our head.

“My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials.” (Sir 2:1).


Being unaware that there are trials we will face when we do Jesus’ work, according to Jesus’ way, we react differently to oppression and persecution. We become impetuous and impatient in times of adversity and humiliation, being defensive and lie low from our Christian responsibilities. We are unable to live the joy of suffering for the sake of Christ and thus blame god and even turn away from him.

With these two truths servant leadership is difficult and challenging. But is that not the path of Jesus?
With assurances such as these:

“Trust in the Lord ….and live secure (Ps 37:3)

“The Lord knows the days of the blameless; their heritage lasts forever. They will not be ashamed when times are bad” (Ps 37:18-19a)

and many more, we can serve out of love for the Lord who has loved us first and who has shown us the way to true servant hood. What more do we need?

Read more at CFC-FFL

About Frank Padilla

Founder of the Couples for Christ (CFC) community. Way back in 1981, CFC was started through the initiative of the Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community (LNP). In January 1981, LNP gathered 16 couples who went through a Life in the Spirit Seminar, with the intent of bringing them into LNP. But instead they were kept together for a few months after the program, until it was decided that a new group would be established to emphasize family life renewal. It would be an outreach of LNP. Frank and Gerry Padilla were among the 16 couples that became members in June of 1981 when CFC was born. Frank quickly emerged to be a top leader, and in 1985, he was already the Executive Director, running the day-to-day work of the whole community. In 1986 he went full-time for CFC and has been serving the community since, through two separate splits the community saw. Today he serves as the Servant General of CFC-FFL (Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life). Know more about the founder at CFC-FFL

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