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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
(Part 42)

A VISION FOR MISSION

May 4, 2013
Today’s reading: Acts 16:1-10


Paul was given a vision for mission (Acts 16:9a). And he acted immediately and decisively. “When he had seen the vision, we sought passage to Macedonia at once” (Acts 16:10a).

We too in CFC-FFL have been given a vision. It is for rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. From the very start we concluded “that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.” (Acts 16:10b). Have we acted decisively on this vision?

At one time, Paul and Timothy “had been prevented by the holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them” (Acts 16:6b-7). In our case, the Holy Spirit has been sending, urging, prodding, encouraging, cajoling and pushing us to pursue our vision and mission. How have we responded? Unlike Paul, we have not acted immediately and decisively.

If we did truly act on our vision for mission, what would be the result? “Day by day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number.” (Acts 16:5). Just like the early Church, we would experience spiritual and numerical growth. The two go together. When we evangelize massively, the numbers of Christ’s disciples will grow. But also, when we do what we have been called to do, we will grow strong spiritually. On the other hand, if we do not act on what God has given us to do, then we will grow weak spiritually. When we are no longer fighting the enemy, we might even fight among ourselves.

Our vision has already been given, from the very start. It is no longer necessary for us to have another vision such as Paul’s, where “a Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’” (Acts 16:9b). People out there need help to appropriate the salvation already won for them by Jesus. In fact, people out there might not even implore us to come, since they are lost in the world and unknowing of their sorry spiritual condition.

We know the dire need, we have received our vision, we are equipped for mission. We just need to respond, immediately and decisively.

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