THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
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
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.
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.
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