THE SERVANT GENERAL
EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
Today’s reading: Revelation 7:2-14
Our mission in CFC-FFL is to do rapid, massive and worldwide
evangelization. We expend ourselves--time, talent, treasure--in
order to do this extensive work. The reason is simple: Jesus
gave himself to win salvation for all, and now depends on
his workers to bring in the harvest. We are those workers.
We have been given the privilege. It is the most important
work in the world, with eternal consequences. Thus we want
to give our all. We want as many to be saved as can be reached
and touched by the gospel.
The vision of John should be our vision as well. “After
this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could
count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue.”
(Rev 7:9a). This is why we are persistent in bringing CFC-FFL
to the different nations of the world, and indeed today CFC-FFL
counts among its brethren those peoples from many different
nations, races and tongues.
At the end of time, when the Lord Jesus comes again in glory,
we want to see our relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers,
and everyone else, standing “before the throne and before
the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in
their hands.” (Rev 7:9b). These are symbols of joy and
of victory. All the pains and grief during our lifetime would
be erased. We would be among “the ones who have survived
the time of great distress” (Rev 7:14b). There would
only be great rejoicing forever in heaven.
Further, we would be there together with the angels and the
saints, worshiping God. “All the angels stood around
the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God”
(Rev 7:11). We would be part of that great innumerable throng,
exclaiming: “Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
(Rev 7:12). We would worship God forever!
Now that is a vision that should spur us on to greater efforts
in our work of evangelization. It is a vision that can help
us transcend the difficulties and disappointments, and indeed
there are many, that we face in our work. Looking forward
to such joy in God’s eternal presence, we can overcome
the many tears we have to shed.
Jesus shed his blood on the cross for us, and thus won for
us our salvation. Jesus’ saving act makes it possible
for us to come into the holy presence of God, as His people,
now on earth and then later in heaven. Let us continue to
proclaim this good news, and make it possible for many more
people to “have washed their robes and made them white
in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 7:14c).