THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
CALLED TO LIVE AND SHARE CHRIST
The work, mission, commission, service, destiny of a Christian
is to do the work of evangelization. By being named “Christian,”
we are to live Christ and to share Christ. This is according
to God’s plan, even before we were born. “Before
birth the Lord called me, from my mother’s womb he gave
me my name.” (Is 49:1b). “Christian” is
our name, and to live and share Christ is our calling and
To enable us to live out our calling, what has God done for
empowers us to witness to the gospel. “He made my mouth
like a sharp-edged sword” (Is 49:2a). Our mouths are
not meant to speak insults, maligning, gossip or the curse,
but rather to proclaim the gospel. The words we speak about
Christ, especially founded on the word of God, which is living
and alive and like a two-edged sword, is meant to touch the
hearts and minds of people, and to open their eyes to the
truths of the gospel.
witnessing to Christ is to be our lifestyle, something we
do naturally and in the normal day-to-day circumstances of
our lives. “My mouth shall proclaim your just deeds,
day after day your acts of deliverance” (Ps 71:15a).
We are to share Christ with our relatives, friends, neighbors,
co-workers, wherever the Lord gives us the opportunity.
What in essence is the work of evangelization?
is about the justice of God. Justice is giving to everyone
what is his due. What is due to us, by God’s own design
and plan, is the salvation already won by Jesus for us on
the cross. But to experience this salvation we need to call
upon the name of the Lord. This can only happen as we hear
the good news of salvation in him, and decide to profess him
as Savior and Lord. And thus our part. “O God, I will
tell of your singular justice.” (Ps 71:16b).
New Evangelization, given that there today are so many lapsed
Catholics, who in effect are baptized pagans, has a particular
focus on bringing back the lost sheep to the sheepfold. We
are sent forth to proclaim Christ anew, so “that Jacob
may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him”
it does not stop there. We need to renew and strengthen the
one true Church, in order that she might do work among the
nations. “It is too little, he says, for you to be my
servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the
survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
(Is 49:6). Our task is to win the world for Christ!
We were born and are destined to live and share Christ. This
should be our focus, our conviction, our passion. We must
live an evangelistic lifestyle, for as long as we are on this
earth. “God, you have taught me from my youth; to this
day I proclaim your wondrous deeds.” (Ps 71:17).
such is our conviction and vision, then God can really use
us according to His will. Then we can truly serve Him according
to His desire. Then we can become the instruments that will
show forth His dominion and glory. “He said to me, You
are my servant, in you, Israel, I show my glory.” (Is