THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
OUR WORK OF EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION – 10
Today’s reading: Acts 16:22-34
Asked by the jailer, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
(v.30), Paul and Silas answered, “Believe in the Lord
Jesus and you and your household will be saved.” (v.31).
Jesus won salvation for us on the cross, and our response
of faith in Jesus appropriates that salvation into our lives.
This is the one and only way. This is why the work of evangelization
and mission is so crucial. The gospel needs to be proclaimed
so that those who hear it, by the grace of God, may believe
and thus be saved.
many souls are being lost. They have not put their faith in
Jesus or are not living out their supposed faith in Jesus.
Many have actually turned away from him and rejected his ways
for their lives. They need to be re-evangelized, to hear the
gospel message once again, to give the Spirit the opportunity
to touch their hearts.
is our work. Because 99 of the 100 sheep are lost, this work
needs to be massive. “So they spoke the word of the
Lord to him and to everyone in his house.” (v.32). We
must proclaim the gospel to everyone, to every creature, to
the grassroots at the peripheries, to the very ends of the
because this work is the very divine work of God, the evil
one will oppose it with all his might. Just like the apostles,
we can expect to be oppressed and persecuted. But the Lord
will always be with us. He enables us to do signs and wonders.
He protects us. He delivers us, just as he miraculously delivered
Paul and Silas from jail (v.25-26).
is no more important work than this. May our giving of ourselves
have a positive life-giving effect on the lives of many, so
that they, just like the jailer, “with his household
rejoiced at having come to faith in God.” (v.34b).