THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
are living in the end times. The reality is that “the
world in its present form is passing away.” (1 Cor 7:31b).
As such, our work of evangelization is even more crucial.
We need to try to bring in as many souls as we can, before
all mankind faces final judgment before God.
are simply carrying out the great commission given by Jesus
to all his disciples. “Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming
the gospel of God” (Mk 1:14b). Now we are called upon
to proclaim that same gospel. Just like the first apostles,
we are called to be “fishers of men” (Mk 1:17).
We step into Jesus’ sandals and continue the work of
bringing his salvation to all. Jesus’ proclamation is
even more relevant and urgent today. “This is the time
of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and
believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15).
What should be our posture to this wonderful calling and great
privilege? We should give our all. We should not let our secular
livelihood get in the way (Mk 1:18). We should not let our
family relationships get in the way (Mk 1:20b). We should
not go about the ordinary activities of life like those who
are totally immersed in them and unaware of their transitoriness
(1 Cor 7:29b-31a). We should know what the Lord’s priorities
are, and give our all in order to pursue those.
since we are doing God’s work, then we should obey what
He tells us to do, even if such seems challenging, intimidating,
or even impossible. Jonah was told to “set out for the
great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that
I will tell you.” (Jon 3:2). “Now Nineveh was
an enormously large city” (Jon 3:3b) and very sinful.
It was the classic mission impossible. Yet “Jonah made
ready and went to Nineveh, according to the Lord’s bidding.”
(Jon 3:3a). We should not judge circumstances according to
our limited human minds, but simply obey what God tells us
to do. He knows better.
addition, we must know that nothing is impossible with God,
that He desires the salvation of all, that it is He who provides
the grace and empowerment by which we are to do our task.
We must do our work with eagerness and anticipation. We must
never limit what God can do, based on what we believe we can
do. So it was with Jonah. He had gone but a single day’s
walk when the people believed God and repented (Jon 3:4-5).
Not only that, the king also repented and decreed repentance
throughout the kingdom (Jon 3:6-8). We should look to God
surprising us. God will manifest His awesome power if we simply
The world is hurtling towards Judgment Day. Many will perish,
a just consequence of their sinfulness. But hopefully many
also will be saved by their repentance and turning to faith
in Jesus. “When God saw by their actions how they turned
from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened
to do to them; he did not carry it out.” (Jon 3:10).
We have that privilege to be instruments of their salvation.
us commit ourselves to the call to rapid, massive and worldwide
evangelization. Such is the urgent need of the times. There
is no time to lose or to waste. Let us act now. “I tell
you, brothers, the time is running out.” (1 Cor 7:29a).