THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
COMMISSION VERSUS COMMISSIONS
We are called to the New Evangelization. This is about the
most important work that God has given us. This is about the
salvation that God already won for us and for the whole world.
If and when we do this work, we engage in spiritual warfare.
In this we continue with the cosmic struggle against evil
forces. We are warriors.
Himself is a warrior, and a victorious one. “His right
hand and holy arm have won the victory.” (Ps 98:1b).
God has already defeated Satan on the cross, for all the world
to see. “The Lord has made his victory known; has revealed
his triumph in the sight of the nations” (Ps 98:2).
Jesus went to the cross for us, to extend to us his mercy
and manifest his faithfulness and love for us. “He has
remembered his mercy and faithfulness toward the house of
Israel.” (Ps 98:3a).
is what we proclaim. This is the work of evangelization. Jesus
died in order to save all. Thus our work is also to reach
all the nations, that they might experience God’s mercy
and salvation. “All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.” (Ps 98:3b).
to do the work of evangelization, God established the Church,
and in the Church, different groups and ministries. CFC-FFL
is one of those, called to be an evangelistic and missionary
community. Through the years God has taught us and formed
us. “I myself am convinced about you, my brothers, that
you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge,
and able to admonish one another.” (Rom 15:14). But
this is not just for our own salvation and for the well-being
of our own families. We are to share Christ. We are not just
to be satisfied that we and our loved ones are now saved and
thus secure in Christ. How about the rest of the world?
of us seem to have forgotten our mission. Some are too busy
in their secular lives. Some are too comfortable, sipping
piña coladas at the Country Club. They have
to be constantly reminded and pushed to fulfill our calling.
“But I have written to you rather boldly in some respects
to remind you .... to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the
Gentiles in performing the priestly service of the gospel
of God” (Rom 15:15a,16a).
is our participation important? Because Jesus has commissioned
us to carry on his work. We are stewards, both of the work
of salvation and also of the money entrusted to us to support
that work. Jesus our Master relies on us. Are we reliable?
Or will Jesus say to his disciples about him and us, “A
rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering
his property.” (Lk 16:1). Will Jesus need to confront
us and eventually remove our stewardship? “He summoned
him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare
a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer
be my steward.’” (Lk 16:2).
of us are like the dishonest steward. He added usurious commissions
to what was owed his master. For us, we accept the work God
gives us, including the attendant spiritual gifts, grace and
empowerment, and then add on our own personal interest, that
has nothing to do with proclaiming Christ and promoting his
Kingdom. God at some point might just remove our stewardship!
What are we to do? We must shed our own personal interests
and simply look to the Master’s business (Lk 16:5-7).
“And the master commended that dishonest steward for
acting prudently.” (Lk 16:8a).
utmost importance is our work of evangelization, especially
now with the call to the New Evangelization. We can grow in
holiness, we can strengthen our marriage and family life,
but if we do not evangelize, and evangelize massively, then
it is not acting as proper stewards. “For I will not
dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished
through me to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed”
(Rom 15:18). The commission is to worldwide evangelization.
Like the apostle Paul we are to give our all, “by the
power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of
God, so that from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum
I have finished preaching the gospel of Christ.” (Rom
this work we continue to break new ground, to enter new territories.
We are called to mission. “Thus I aspire to proclaim
the gospel not where Christ has already been named, so that
I do not build on another’s foundation” (Rom 15:20).
Our goal is this: “Those who have never been told of
him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall
understand.” (Rom 15:21). This is taken from Isaiah
52:15b, pertaining to the work of the Servant of the Lord
to bring the knowledge of Yahweh to the nations. In the same
way, Paul was zealous to bring the gospel to the whole Roman
is the way to be prudent stewards that will be extolled by
Jesus himself. So many Christians are concerned about their
own personal well-being and end up neglecting the Master’s
work. “For the children of this world are more prudent
in dealing with their own generation than are the children
of light.” (Lk 16:8b). It is our choice: to be children
of this world or to be children of light. Only if we choose
to be the latter can we truly boast of what God has made of
us. “In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast in
what pertains to God.” (Rom 15:17).
only then, as the work of worldwide evangelization is done,
can we truly rejoice. “Shout with joy to the Lord, all
the earth; break into song; sing praise.” (Ps 98:4).