FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
OUR WORLDWIDE MISSION
November 1, 2011
Today’s reading: Revelation 7:2-14
Our mission in CFC-FFL is to do rapid, massive and worldwide evangelization. We expend ourselves–time, talent, treasure–in order to do this extensive work. The reason is simple: Jesus gave himself to win salvation for all, and now depends on his workers to bring in the harvest. We are those workers. We have been given the privilege. It is the most important work in the world, with eternal consequences. Thus we want to give our all. We want as many to be saved as can be reached and touched by the gospel.
The vision of John should be our vision as well. “After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue.” (Rev 7:9a). This is why we are persistent in bringing CFC-FFL to the different nations of the world, and indeed today CFC-FFL counts among its brethren those peoples from many different nations, races and tongues.
At the end of time, when the Lord Jesus comes again in glory, we want to see our relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and everyone else, standing “before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.” (Rev 7:9b). These are symbols of joy and of victory. All the pains and grief during our lifetime would be erased. We would be among “the ones who have survived the time of great distress” (Rev 7:14b). There would only be great rejoicing forever in heaven.
Further, we would be there together with the angels and the saints, worshiping God. “All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God” (Rev 7:11). We would be part of that great innumerable throng, exclaiming: “Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev 7:12). We would worship God forever!
Now that is a vision that should spur us on to greater efforts in our work of evangelization. It is a vision that can help us transcend the difficulties and disappointments, and indeed there are many, that we face in our work. Looking forward to such joy in God’s eternal presence, we can overcome the many tears we have to shed.
Jesus shed his blood on the cross for us, and thus won for us our salvation. Jesus’ saving act makes it possible for us to come into the holy presence of God, as His people, now on earth and then later in heaven. Let us continue to proclaim this good news, and make it possible for many more people to “have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 7:14c).