THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
EMPOWERED TO WITNESS - 7
Our theme for this year, Empowered to Witness,
is founded on the work of the Holy Spirit as pronounced by
Jesus. “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). This is empowerment for the work of worldwide
evangelization. Indeed, Jesus himself commissioned his disciples
(that includes us) before he ascended into heaven. “All
power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore,
and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:18-19a). God
sends and God empowers.
is “the great king over all the earth” (Ps 47:3b).
God created everything and so owns everything. However, the
enemy has usurped God’s dominion. So Jesus came to redeem
us. He finished his work and returned to heaven. God “worked
in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his
right hand in the heavens” (Eph 1:20). Thus “God
has gone up with a shout” (Ps 47:6a). But the work of
salvation remains unfinished, in that it needs to be proclaimed,
so that people might believe and be saved.
once asked, when the Son of Man returns, will he find faith
on earth? The way things are going in the world, Jesus will
not find much faith .... if we do not do our designated work.
God calls us, God chooses us, God gives us the privilege to
do divine work, God empowers us. What holds us back? How can
we face Jesus when he returns? “This Jesus who has been
taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way
as you have seen him going into heaven.” (Acts 1:11b).
we however act, then we will experience “the surpassing
greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with
the exercise of his great might” (Eph 1:19). So let
us believe and not doubt. Let us not be like the disciples,
who, “when they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.”
(Mt 28:17). And let us not dilly-dally. Two angels told the
disciples, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there
looking at the sky?” (Acts 1:11a). We long for Jesus
to return, but we have work to do in the meantime. And of
course, even as Jesus remains in heaven, he is with us even
now through his Spirit, until he comes again. “And behold,
I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt
our Lord touch our hearts and minds to understand his Great
Commission and our part in it. I pray “that the God
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you
a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of
him. May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you
may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are
the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones”
(Eph 1:17-18). We have received such a wonderful call, such
a great mission. We have been “baptized with the holy
Spirit” (Acts 1:5b) and thus we have been empowered.
Let us respond boldly and joyfully, and move forward in the
power of God’s Spirit.