THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAUL
May 15, 2018
The most important work of the Church, which is a missionary
Church, is evangelization, which is the proclamation of the
good news of salvation in Jesus. Salvation is ultimately about
the final destination of our souls. Will physical death lead
to eternal life? Here is the reality: “Our God is a
God who saves; escape from death is the Lord God’s.”
(Ps 68:21). Salvation is only in Jesus.
was the very reason Jesus was sent by the Father to the world,
“so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him.”
(Jn 17:2b). Jesus did was he was sent to do, and by so doing,
gave glory to the Father. “I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.” (Jn
17:4). Done with his work on earth, Jesus returned to heaven.
“And now I will no longer be in the world, but they
are in the world, while I am coming to you.” (Jn 17:11a).
Jesus desires that Christians remain rooted in God, to be
found worthy when he returns, and thus make it to their eternal
home. “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you
have given me, so that they may be one just as we are.”
can this happen? The task of evangelization has now been assigned
to us by our Lord. We are to follow in the footsteps of that
great evangelist and missionary, Paul, who said to God’s
people, “I did not shrink from proclaiming to you the
entire plan of God.” (Acts 20:27). How are we to go
about this work? Just like Paul:
humble service to God. “I served the Lord with all
humility” (Acts 20:19a). In this work we are destined
for greatness, but only the truly humble will the Lord
raise to heights of greatness.
endurance of suffering. “I served the Lord ….
with the tears and trials that came to me because of the
plots of the Jews” (Acts 20:19b). In this work we
face a formidable enemy, as we are engaged in spiritual
warfare. War means suffering. We need to endure.
boldness in proclaiming the truth. “I did not at
all shrink from telling you what was for your benefit”
(Acts 20:20a). In this work we proclaim Christ, in all
his glory, but also in what he demands of his followers.
all circumstances and places. “I did not at all
shrink …. from teaching you in public or in your
homes.” (Acts 20:20b). In this work we look for
any and all opportunities to proclaim Christ.
To all peoples. “I earnestly bore witness for both
Jews and Greeks to repentance before God and to faith
in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21). In this work we
seek to bring any and all people to Christ.
In obedience to the Spirit. “But now, compelled
by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem.” (Acts 20:22a).In
this work, as obedient disciples, we go where the Spirit
leads us, in complete obedience and surrender.
fully on God. “What will happen to me there I do
not know.” (Acts 20:22b). In this work we trust
in God’s provident care, in His protection, in His
complete provision, in His empowerment.
Ready to face hardships. “…. in one city after
another the holy Spirit has been warning me that imprisonment
and hardships await me.” (Acts 20:23). In this work
we embrace our crosses with great joy.
Our lives belong to God. Indeed, we have life, and we look
to eternal life, only because of Jesus. But there are many
others who do not know Christ. It is our task to make him
known. We have been chosen and called by Jesus himself. We
are to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. There is
no more important work than the work of evangelization. It
is worth our all. “Yet I consider life of no importance
to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that
I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel
of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24).