THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
A VISION FOR MISSION
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).
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?
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.
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
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.
know the dire need, we have received our vision, we are equipped
for mission. We just need to respond, immediately and decisively.