THE SERVANT GENERAL
EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
Today’s reading: 1 Timothy 1:15-17
We are reminded, as we constantly need to be, of our mission.
Our mission stems from Jesus’ mission. And what is Jesus’
mission? “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
(1 Tim 1:15b).
Jesus is the Savior who saves us from our sins. This is the
bottom line and the foundation for our Christian faith and
life. While God does so much more for us, including giving
us worldly goods to enjoy and a family to warm our hearts,
God desires that we be saved and live with Him eternally in
heaven. What good would it be if we enjoyed so much blessings
on earth, only to suffer the loss of heaven in the afterlife?
The mission of the Church, and consequently our mission, is
to bring that salvation into the lives of people. The Church
is missionary. CFC-FFL’s work is evangelization and
mission. We exist to evangelize. We proclaim the good news
of salvation in Jesus to the world, so that sinners may be
We, as well as the whole Church, can do so much more good
in the world, as God wants His people to already experience
a bit of heaven on earth. But at times, we end up focusing
on these good things but miss out on the essential.
We may raise a wonderful family with well-disciplined children
but fail to bring them to Christ.
We may do work with the poor but fail to proclaim Christ.
We may fight for the culture of life but fail to introduce
people to the Author of life.
We may work to save the environment but fail to recognize
and worship the Creator of the universe.
We may work for peace in the world but fail to acknowledge
the Prince of Peace.
The most important task for a Christian, a follower of Christ,
is to be an instrument God can use to save sinners. Once we
have experienced salvation, then everything else follows.
Now the wonderful thing about all this is that God uses ordinary
people like us as His co-workers. Jesus already won salvation
for us on the cross, and there is nothing that we can add
to that. But in the inscrutable way of God, He calls on us
to be the ones to proclaim that salvation to others, so that
people may hear, believe, call on Jesus and thus be saved.
Thus we are able to participate in the very divine work of
Is that not an incredible thing? Is that not a glorious privilege?
Is that not an awesome responsibility?
What needs to happen for us to take our place as evangelizers?
We first acknowledge our own sinfulness. “Of these I
am the foremost.” (1 Tim 1:15c). Before we can become
agents of salvation, we are objects of Jesus’ saving
We continue to recognize our sinfulness, even as we have already
accepted Jesus and are experiencing his salvation. Such humility
and lowliness enable God to use us as effective instruments,
filled with His Spirit.
Then we make the decision to serve God as evangelizers. There
will be much room for growth, but everything happens as we
take on the glorious privilege of being God’s instruments
for the salvation of sinners. Jesus came to save sinners,
and now that is still the very thing that he seeks to be done.
“This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance”
(1 Tim 1:15a).