THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
COMMISSIONED – 2
November 30, 2017
Jesus won salvation for us on the cross. But we need to accept
what Jesus did for us in order to experience such salvation.
How does this happen? “If you confess with your mouth
that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised
him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9). We
put our faith in Jesus and accept him as Lord.
are we brought to the point of doing this? There is one and
only one process according to God’s design. Jesus sends
those who will preach or share the good news; then people
are able to hear the good news; then by the grace of God they
will believe; when they believe they will call on the name
of the Lord; when they do so then they are saved (Rom 10:13-15a).
knew what he had to do in order to win salvation for all.
And Jesus knew what God’s process for evangelization
was. Thus, at the very start of his public ministry, he gathered
a core group that would do the work after he had done his.
He called the first disciplesSimon and Andrew, James
and John (Mt 4:18,21). He told them what he intended for them
to do. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of
men.” (Mt 4:19). He taught and trained his 12 apostles,
and later another 72. Right before he ascended into heaven,
he sent them off to preach the good news to the ends of the
earth, triggering the process of evangelization.
Christian who is an authentic disciple of Jesus is commissioned
to preach the good news, to engage in evangelization, to share
Christ. This is an all-important work, as it involved the
very salvation of people. The proclamation of the gospel is
our primary task, since “faith comes from what is heard,
and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.”
(Rom 10:17). When we engage in this work, then the heavens
can exclaim, “How beautiful are the feet of those who
bring the good news!” (Rom 10:15b).
the intent of God is that all humankind be saved, the work
of evangelization needs to be rapid, massive and worldwide.
“A report goes forth through all the earth, their messages,
to the ends of the world.” (Ps 19:5). As this work is
of crucial importance, we must respond with urgency and commitment.
Just like the first disciples who were called. “At once
they left their nets and followed him. …. and immediately
they left their boat and their father and followed him.”
(Mt 4:20,22). This work is of utmost priority, even more than
the good things God gives us, such as family and livelihood
(but we must not neglect these), as it involves the very salvation
that Jesus won for us all.