THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
DESTINED FOR ETERNAL LIFE
Today’s reading: Acts 13:14-52
Those who believe will be saved and enter into eternal life.
If we BE.LI.EV., then we will E
(enter into eternal life). There is a converse way of looking
at this connection between faith and eternal life. “All
who were destined for eternal life came to believe.”
(Acts 13:48b). It is not only that faith results in eternal
life, but one destined for eternal life will come to faith.
intends for all to be saved. This is why God sent His very
own Son Jesus to suffer and die for us, and by his resurrection
win for us our salvation. Our salvation, which translates
to eternal life, has already been won for us. We are destined
for heaven. However, we still need to respond, by accepting
that salvation. We accept by calling upon the name of the
Lord, looking to Jesus as Savior and Lord.
how can one call on Jesus if he has not heard about him. Thus
“it was necessary that the word of God be spoken to
you first” (Acts 13:46b). If we “reject it,”
then we “condemn ourselves as unworthy of eternal life”
(Acts 13:46c). If we accept, then we are saved and we enter
into eternal life.
we see the important role of evangelizers. God desires all
to enter into eternal life, but the process by which they
do so starts with the proclamation of the gospel to them,
done by evangelizers. They need to believe and come to faith
in Christ. When they do, then “in him every believer
is justified” (Acts 13:39). The role of evangelizers
is crucial, for “we ourselves are proclaiming this good
news to you that what God promised our ancestors he has brought
to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus”
the evangelizers themselves need to believe. Believe not only
in Jesus, but believe in the work given to them. And believe
that as they do the very work of God as His instruments, that
such faith works wonders. Evangelizers need
to heed what has been said by the prophets: “Look on,
you scoffers, be amazed and disappear. For I am doing a work
in your days, a work that you will never believe even if someone
tells you.” (Acts 13:41).
himself told us that those who believe in him will do even
greater works than he did (Jn 14:12). We might find this hard
to believe if someone told us so, but it is Jesus himself
who tells us. Dare we doubt him? Do you then believe? Are
you a scoffer? “Be careful, then” (Acts 13:40a),
because you might disappear. You might disappear from your
part in the proclamation of the gospel. You might even disappear
from the list of those who will enter heaven.
God has chosen us to become His evangelizers. “For so
the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have made you a light
to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation
to the ends of the earth.’” (Acts 13:47). You
are an instrument of salvation! What is your reaction? “The
Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and glorified
the word of the Lord.” (Acts 13:48a). How about us?
Are we delighted? Are we excited? Do we appreciate the great
privilege of being God’s instruments for proclaiming
the gospel? Do we respond to the call wholeheartedly? Do we
make this work a priority?
us be about the work of rapid and massive evangelization.
Let us ensure that “the word of the Lord continue to
spread through the whole region.” (Acts 13:49). In fact,
throughout the whole world.
while we are at it, realizing the great importance of our
work and the great privilege bestowed upon us by God, let
it be said, “The disciples were filled with joy and
the holy Spirit.” (Acts 13:52).