THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
POWER FOR MISSION
June 5, 2011
This year, after 30 years
of formation, God is ready to pour out upon us the fullness
of His strength, so that we can truly become the servants
through whom He will show His glory (Is 49:3). Our task is
to become His light to the nations, so that His salvation
may reach to the ends of the earth (Is 49:6b). This includes
the internal dimension of growing in holiness, thus enabling
us to manifest God’s light to the world, as well as
the external dimension of doing the work of rapid, massive
and worldwide evangelization.
Our basic mission is evangelization, according to the great
commission of Jesus. “Go, therefore, and make disciples
of all nations” (Mt 28:19a). Jesus gave this final instruction
to his apostles, and this same commission is for all who profess
to follow him, all who are to be worthy to be called his disciples.
This is our commission as well.
When God calls, he enables.
“The Lord called me from birth .... He made of me a
sharp-edged sword” (Is 49:1b,2a). In the same way, Jesus
taught and gave instructions to the apostles (Acts 1:1-2),
he sent them on practicum, he formed them, and finally he
baptized them with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5b).
The baptism in the Holy Spirit
is empowerment for worldwide mission. “But you will
receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you
will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). It is what
allows us to become witnesses of and to Jesus. We witness
by our lives of holiness (the internal dimension), and we
witness by proclaiming the gospel (the external dimension).
People see Jesus in us, and people hear about Jesus from us.
Jesus said that all power
in heaven and on earth has been given to him (Mt 28:18b).
Now we are called to continue with his work of bringing salvation
into the lives of people. This divine work, the very work
of God, can only be done in the power and strength of God.
As we strive to be holy as
God is holy, as we walk along the narrow path of righteousness
and integrity, as we do not veer away from God’s call,
as we embrace the cross of salvation, then may we truly be
able to say, “My God is now my strength!”
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