THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
IT IS THE LORD!
We are commissioned to be fishers of men. In this work, it
is Jesus who calls us, sends us and empowers us. It is Jesus
whom we proclaim. Jesus is the subject and the object of our
work of evangelization.
problem of evangelizers is that they often are focused on
themselves, that is, their gifts, resources, capabilities
and strength. They say, “I am going fishing.”
(Jn 21:3a). And more often than not, they encounter limited
success. As with the disciples, “they caught nothing.”
(Jn 21:3d). But of course. How can divine work be accomplished
through human strength?
Another problem of evangelizers is that, while they know Jesus,
they do not really know him. What does this seeming contradiction
mean? When evangelizers encounter success in their evangelistic
work, they do know that it is due to the grace and power of
God. As such, “they realized it was the Lord.”
(Jn 21:12c). But what most do not know is the profound mystery
of the workings of God, the awesome majesty that is God’s,
the fullness of signs and wonders that come along with doing
His work, the call for his disciples/evangelizers to be holy
as He is holy. They do not graduate into this higher plane
because “none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who
are you?’” (Jn 21:12b).
indeed is this Lord whom we serve and whose name we proclaim?
“The Lord, my strength and might, has become my savior.”
(Ps 118:14). He is “the cornerstone” (Ps 118:22b)
of our lives, and it is he who empowers us in our work. In
his name we cut off nations surrounding us (Ps 118:10), in
danger he sets us free (Ps 118:5), with him as our helper
we look in triumph on our foes (Ps 118:7).
has been revealing himself to us, from the time we met him
and accepted him as Savior and Lord. “The Lord is God
and has enlightened us.” (Ps 118:27a). Would that we
would recognize Jesus in every aspect of our lives, and joyfully
proclaim, “It is the Lord.” (Jn 21:7b).
A third problem of evangelizers is their failure to truly
appreciate the depth and importance of the work that they
do. It is all about salvation for all, and proclaiming Christ
who is the only Savior. “There is no salvation through
anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given
to the human race by which we are to be saved.” (Acts
4:12). What a privilege! To speak the name of Jesus. To be
instruments by which people are saved.
evangelizers truly realized this profound mystery of God’s
commissioning, nothing could hold them back. They can be confronted
by the priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees
(Acts 4:1) and they would not be intimidated. Opponents could
lay hands on them and put them in custody (Acts 4:3) and they
would not be deterred. They could be questioned menacingly
as to what they were doing (Acts 4:7) and they would just
take that as an blessed opportunity to proclaim the gospel.
We are called to be evangelizers. The harvest is ready, and
if we respond, and we truly know whom we serve and what we
do, then we can look to impressive results. When we cast our
net, we will be hard put “to pull it in because of the
number of fish.” (Jn 21:6b). Then we will truly know,
“By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in
our eyes.” (Ps 118:23).