THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
EQUIPPED FOR THE WORK
Today’s reading: Acts 4:23-31
We are commissioned to evangelize. We do so through the power
of the Holy Spirit. We know there will be intense opposition
from Satan and his minions in the world. How can we not only
survive but thrive?
First, we must be prepared for the inevitable assault of enemy
forces. “Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples entertain
folly?” (Acts 4:25b). We know that we face powerful
forces, including the secular governments of a world that
has become anti-Christian. “The kings of the earth took
their stand and the princes gathered together against the
Lord and against his anointed.” (Acts 4:26). We are
in an intense spiritual war that rages in the heavens and
on earth. We are in for the fight of our lives.
because we fight a formidable foe, we look to God for our
deliverance, guidance and strength. “And when they heard
it, they raised their voices to God with one accord”
(Acts 4:24a). We pray together as a community. The leaders
seek the mind of God together.
trust in the Almighty God, knowing He is all-powerful. We
look to the “Sovereign Lord, maker of heaven and earth
and the sea and all that is in them” (Acts 4:24b). We
also know God has a great plan for us from all eternity, including
participating in the victory that Jesus has already won on
the cross. We can look to God “to do what your hand
and your will had long ago planned to take place.” (Acts
4:28). We have our destiny, and we simply need to flow with
God’s grace and direction.
know we are just instruments, and as such the fight really
is God’s. We look to Him to equip us. “And now,
Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants
to speak your word with all boldness” (Acts 4:29). When
we do so, we know God will provide. In fact, since this is
God’s divine work and not merely our human work, we
can anticipate that “signs and wonders are done through
the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:30b).
Further, when we are wounded in the battle, we look to God
to “stretch forth (His) hand to heal” (Acts 4:30a).
we involve the whole community. “After their release
they went back to their own people and reported what the chief
priests and elders had told them.” (Acts 4:23). We strive
to be at peace with each other and united in mission. We have
active channels of communication. We utilize all the spiritual
gifts provided each member by the Holy Spirit.
When we put on the heart and mind of God, when we look to
Him for everything that we need as His instruments, when we
unite with our brethren to become a strong army, then God
will provide whatever we need. We will experience the power
and might of God. “As they prayed, the place where they
were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the holy
Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”