The Com-Mission


Luke 10:1-12
Neh 8:1-12 / Psa 19

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
(Luke 10:2)

God planned our life before our birth,
Gave us this faith to know His will:
To build His kingdom here on earth,
Is our life’s mission to fulfill.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.” (Luke 10:1-12)

Reflection

One of the goals of our community’s mission directorate is to open an outreach in another city or province for the purpose of propagating our organization’s ideals, particularly in promoting the Gospel values in order to win souls for Jesus Christ. This is the legacy that our Lord left His disciples before He ascended into heaven when He commanded them to: “Go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world” (Mt. 28:18,20). This commission is God’s directive, clearly addressed to all the members of His Church in no uncertain terms. If we truly believe in Him and His Gospel, how can we refuse being drafted into God’s army? We are all called to the front lines to do battle against the forces of evil and liberate Satan’s prisoners from their shackles of sin. As soldiers of Christ, we have the responsibility to teach and proclaim the Good News to others as we have also learned it from our elders, from the Good Book, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

In our mission’s outreach in Mati City, Davao Oriental, our 8-week Christian Life Program entails much sacrifice on time, resources, and effort — such as waking up before dawn for the two and a half hour drive – that indeed, “the workers are few”. But those “few” are the committed workers of Christ who serve as discussion group leaders, members of the music ministry, speakers, servants, and prayer intercessors, and it is their enthusiasm that gives life to all the members of the mission and the 23 participants (12 men and 11 ladies).

As the Father sent Jesus to proclaim the kingdom (Jn.20:21), so Jesus gives the same commission to us to enlighten those who are still in darkness. Evangelization is life’s mission entrusted to every disciple of Jesus Christ. He said, “If you wish to be a follower of mine, deny yourself and take up your cross each day, and follow me. For if you choose to save your life, you will lose it, and if you lose your life for my sake, you will save it. What does it profit you to gain the whole world, but lose your soul?” (Lk.9:23-24). Jesus also said, “Whoever has put his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk. 9:62). Let us not be ashamed to speak up for the Gospel and for our faith, and let us not look back to what we’re leaving behind, but look ahead to our eternal reward.

Grant us, O Lord, the grace to be bold in proclaiming Your Word wherever the Spirit leads us. As the followers of Jesus, may He guide and inspire us in our mission, so that we may be worthy members of Your kingdom. Amen.

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