THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
CHOSEN AND APPOINTED
We made our decision for Christ when we repented and turned
to faith in him as Savior and Lord. We chose to follow him.
But Jesus says, “It was not you who chose me, but I
who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that
will remain” (Jn 15:16a). Just like the Twelve, Jesus
was the one who chose us, and what we did was to respond.
This is a staggering reality. Jesus chose us from all eternity.
Jesus appointed us. We are commissioned by Jesus. We are given
his marching orders, to carry out his plan. We go in his authority.
We are to do his very own work. Finally, we are to go and
bear fruit that will remain. God intends to use us to accomplish
His divine purpose. Connected to the mind and heart of Jesus,
who is the vine, we will bear fruit. This is the fruit of
transformation in Christ, leading to eternal life in heaven.
it any wonder then that Jesus also says, “so that whatever
you ask the Father in my name he may give you” (Jn 15:16b)?
When Jesus calls and appoints, he empowers. We are given access
to the Father to tap on to the very power of the almighty
God. When we act as Jesus did and would, then the Father is
looking upon a beloved child, whose requests, if in accordance
with His will, He will always grant.
we do the work of the New Evangelization, we can be assured
that we are chosen, appointed and will bear fruit. What a
Unfortunately, many are not responding positively to the call.
Then there are those who do respond, but who ultimately betray
the cause. Such was the case with Judas. “He was numbered
among us and was allotted a share in this ministry.”
(Acts 1:17). But he became “the guide for those who
arrested Jesus.” (Acts 1:16b). Judas had been chosen
by Jesus himself, stayed for some time in his presence, heard
his teachings and saw his works, but fell away, shunning “this
apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his
own place.” (Acts 1:25). The result for Judas was tragic.
reality of Jesus’ choice and appointment does not guarantee
seamless ministry. God chooses but we need to respond. God
appoints but we need to be obedient. God wants us to bear
fruit but we need to be faithful and committed.
chooses us by using human instruments. In the case of Matthias,
it was through the Christian community. But notice that the
disciples do not do the choosing, but merely discern what
they believe to be God’s choice. Thus they prayed, “You,
Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these
two you have chosen” (Acts 1:24).
have you been chosen by Jesus? Will you respond to his call
to “become with us a witness to his resurrection”
you be a friend of Jesus? Are you aware of what Jesus has
done and is continuing to do, in choosing us and sending us
forth? Will you remain “a slave (who) does not know
what his master is doing” (Jn 15:15a)? Or will you be
Jesus’ friend as you obey his command to proclaim the
gospel to all? “You are my friends if you do what I
command you.” (Jn 15:14).
to the New Evangelization!