THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 15
May 18, 2019
Today’s reading: Acts 13:44-52
In today’s reading, we have the basic commission of
Jesus for his disciples to preach the gospel. “For so
the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have made you a light
to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation
to the ends of the earth.’” (v.47). What are the
important aspects of this commission?
note that it is a command. The Lord commands us. It is not
a request, it is not a suggestion, it is not just a good idea
that we might consider. It is a command. Every disciple of
Jesus needs to look to how he can help proclaim the good news
of salvation in him. It is a very crucial task, to accomplish
God’s purpose in the world.
it is about the very salvation of people. Jesus came and died
on the cross to save us. That salvation was accomplished by
Jesus, but it is to be proclaimed by us his followers. So
we are to be instruments of salvation! Can you appreciate
what a great privilege that is? We are instruments to bring
to completion the very work and intent of Jesus. But with
the privilege comes the responsibility. God is making Himself
dependent upon His people to accomplish in their lives the
very reason Jesus came into the world. It is a privilege and
responsibility we cannot ignore.
we accomplish our commission by being witnesses to Jesus.
This happens as we become light to the world. The world is
in ever-deepening darkness, but the light of Christ has come.
We bring and carry that light in order to help dispel the
darkness and evil around us. As light bearers, we need to
strive to be holy as God is holy. We need to be credible witnesses,
reflecting the very light and goodness of the Savior. We need
to be another Christ.
the commission is to proclaim the gospel to the whole world,
to all nations, to the ends of the earth. Thus it is massive
work. Each one of course witnesses in his normal day-to-day
circumstances of life. Then there are those who go out on
mission. The work is to be rapid, massive and worldwide.
If we do what we are supposed to do, then God provides the
fruit. The heart of God is for the conversion of all. Jesus
went to extreme lengths in order to win salvation for all.
The Holy Spirit animates the mission and empowers evangelizers.
Here is the reality: “All who were destined for eternal
life came to believe” (v.48b).
us respond to God’s call, so that what happened before
would happen again, as “the word of the Lord continued
to spread through the whole region.” (v.49). And throughout
the whole world.
the gospel is the very work of God. We are privileged to be
commissioned to do this work. In this work we will find our
fulfillment. “The disciples were filled with joy and
the holy Spirit.” (v.52).