Seven Principles of Servanthood

In our journey to mature spirituality, we must not escape that quality which characterized the life of Jesus Christ so perfectly, the quality of unselfish servanthood. Either we will seek to serve ourselves, a choice that nullifies our capacity to live as disciples, or we will learn to live as servants out of a faith relationship with our Father through Christ.

In today’s gospel, we receive the seven principles of servanthood.
Principle #1: God owes us nothing, but we owe Him everything.

“We have given up everything and followed you.” (Mk 10:28)

Principle #2: When we serve, we must be ready to give up everything for God.

“..who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for (Jesus’) sake and for the sake of the gospel” (Mk 10:29).

Principle #3: When we serve and give up everything, we will be tremendously blessed.

“..will fail to receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands” (Mk 10:30a).

Principle #4: Persecutions come with service.

“..and with them, persecutions” (Mk 10:30b).

Principle #5: The first will be last.

“..but many that are first will be last” (Mk 10:31a).

Principle #6: The last will be first.

“..the last will be first” (Mk 10:31b).

Principle #7: The ultimate reward of a servant is eternal life.

“..eternal life in the age to come” (Mk 10:30c).

Are you, in submission to the Lord and to others, seeking to serve, or are you seeking to be served to fulfill your wants?

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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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