THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
JESUS’ MISSION, OUR MISSION – 2
January 26, 2020
1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Jesus began his public ministry by preaching and saying, “Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 4:17). Jesus
came into a world of sin and darkness. Repentance was the
necessary action to be able to move from darkness to light.
And so it was that “the people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light; upon those who lived in a land of
gloom a light has shone.” (Is 9:1).
was the mission of Jesus? “He went around all of Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the
kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.”
(Mt 4:23). His mission was threefold: (1) teaching or formation,
(2) evangelization, and (3) total human liberation. The people
of God need to be formed, then they can effectively work at
evangelization, then they are used by God to bring liberation
from evil, sin and darkness.
had a short public ministry of less than three years. He would
accomplish his mission and then return to heaven. But his
work needed to continue. So he called his first disciples
and told them. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers
of men.” (Mt 4:19). They did continue the work, which
has reached up to the present time. Now it is our turn to
do the very mission of Jesus.
makes for effective evangelizers and missionaries?
we must respond to Jesus’ call with total commitment
and focus. When Peter and Andrew were called, “at once
they left their nets and followed him.” (Mt 4:20). When
James and John were called, “immediately they left their
boat and their father and followed him.” (Mt 4:22).
The work of Jesus, which brings about salvation, is to be
our first priority, even before the important aspects and
family and livelihood.
since this is the one work of the one Jesus, we, being part
of the one body of Christ, are to be united in life and mission,
according to the mind and heart of God. The enemy will try
to weaken the body and the work by causing strife, rivalries
and division.We must guard against these. “I urge you,
brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of
you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions
among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in
the same purpose.” (1 Cor 1:10).
we must fully trust in God and not be afraid as we go about
our mission. We will be opposing a powerful enemy as we engage
in spiritual war, but God is there for us. “Though an
army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; though war
be waged against me, even then do I trust.” (Ps 27:3).
We have Jesus who has already won the victory. “The
Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The
Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?”
since there will be great challenges, including suffering
and pains, we must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and on what
is to come in the end. We will have our eternal reward. “One
thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the Lord’s
house all the days of my life, to gaze on the Lord’s
beauty, to visit his temple.” (Ps 27:4).
we go about the very mission of Jesus, then there will be
great changes in the world and in the lives of people. Darkness
will give way to light. Damnation will be replaced by salvation.
Sorrow will turn to joy. “There is no gloom where there
had been distress.” (Is 8:23).