FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
COMMISSIONED – 2
November 30, 2017
Jesus won salvation for us on the cross. But we need to accept what Jesus did for us in order to experience such salvation. How does this happen? “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9). We put our faith in Jesus and accept him as Lord.
How are we brought to the point of doing this? There is one and only one process according to God’s design. Jesus sends those who will preach or share the good news; then people are able to hear the good news; then by the grace of God they will believe; when they believe they will call on the name of the Lord; when they do so then they are saved (Rom 10:13-15a).
Jesus knew what he had to do in order to win salvation for all. And Jesus knew what God’s process for evangelization was. Thus, at the very start of his public ministry, he gathered a core group that would do the work after he had done his. He called the first disciples—Simon and Andrew, James and John (Mt 4:18,21). He told them what he intended for them to do. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19). He taught and trained his 12 apostles, and later another 72. Right before he ascended into heaven, he sent them off to preach the good news to the ends of the earth, triggering the process of evangelization.
Every Christian who is an authentic disciple of Jesus is commissioned to preach the good news, to engage in evangelization, to share Christ. This is an all-important work, as it involved the very salvation of people. The proclamation of the gospel is our primary task, since “faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” (Rom 10:17). When we engage in this work, then the heavens can exclaim, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” (Rom 10:15b).
Since the intent of God is that all humankind be saved, the work of evangelization needs to be rapid, massive and worldwide. “A report goes forth through all the earth, their messages, to the ends of the world.” (Ps 19:5). As this work is of crucial importance, we must respond with urgency and commitment. Just like the first disciples who were called. “At once they left their nets and followed him. …. and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.” (Mt 4:20,22). This work is of utmost priority, even more than the good things God gives us, such as family and livelihood (but we must not neglect these), as it involves the very salvation that Jesus won for us all.
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