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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
(Part 115)

COMMISSIONED TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – 18


June 4, 2019
Today’s readings: Acts 20:17-27


Paul was the apostle par excellence. He was appointed by Jesus to preach the gospel. But guess what? All Christians, who by definition would be disciples of Jesus, are also to become apostles, i.e., those who are sent. We too are commissioned to preach the gospel.

What then should our posture be?

First, we must be humbled by such a calling. Who are we to do divine work? But with the privilege comes the responsibility. And being divine work, we are to go about it with endurance, knowing that there will be challenges. “I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and trials that came to me” (v.19).

Second, being divine work, we are to recognize how crucial it is for the salvation of people, and thus be zealous and bold in proclaiming the gospel, in whatever situation we find the opportunity. “I did not at all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit, or from teaching you in public or in your homes.” (v.20).

Third, our aim is to bring people to repentance and faith in Jesus. In this regard, we witness to Christ so that people might meet Christ and start to live Christ. “I earnestly bore witness for both Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith in our Lord Jesus.” (v.21). Such witness is to be both the silent witness of a holy life and the verbal witness of proclaiming the gospel.

Fourth, we are to be docile to and led by the Spirit, and to go where we are sent, even to far-off and challenging places. “But now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. What will happen to me there I do not know, except that in one city after another the holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment and hardships await me.” (v.22-23). The work will be difficult, and we can be battered, bruised and bloodied. But we put our faith and our well-being in the Lord’s hands.

Fifth, we are to persevere until the end, willing to give our all, even our very lives. “Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace.” (v.24).

In doing all the above, we will be fulfilling God’s commission. We can confidently say, “I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the entire plan of God.” (v.27).

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