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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
(Part 113)

COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 16


May 19, 2019
Today’s reading
: Acts 14:21-27


Jesus won salvation for us at the price of his precious blood, undergoing excruciating pain on the cross. As disciples, he tells us to follow him and to embrace the cross daily. So it is no wonder that as we proclaim his salvation to the world, there will be suffering and pain. The preaching of the gospel is intended to bring people to faith in Jesus and ultimately to heaven. This is most important and urgent work. It is not easy. It will be very challenging. Thus we need to endure and persevere.

As such, Barnabas and Paul “strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, ‘Is is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.’” (v.22). We do not go to heaven in first-class comfort. On the contrary, the path is difficult, full of obstacles and trials. There will be very many hardships along the way.

This will be especially true for those who proclaim the gospel. As they engage in spiritual war, they confront the very forces of the enemy, who is committed to oppose anything that is of God, especially liberating captives from his dominion. We count ourselves among those evangelizers, and whatever suffering we undergo, we wear those as badges of honor.

Barnabas and Paul went preaching the gospel from Derbeto Lystra to Iconium to Antiochto Pisidiato Pamphylia to Perga to Attalia to Antioch. There “they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished.” (v.26b). We too go from town to town to the ends of the earth. May we too be commended for our mission in the name of our Lord Jesus.

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