Week 1, Day 5
Spreading Good News Locally, Regionally and Globally
By: Heather Jones
Acts 1:8 ESV
“ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus speaks these words to the Apostles right before he ascends into Heaven after they ask if He will restore the kingdom to Jerusalem. Jesus instead replies that they will minister to their enemies and the world. I often feel inadequate to spread the gospel. Fear of rejection or saying the wrong thing keeps me from boasting about Christ.
Alone, we cannot witness obediently for God, but the verse assures us that the Holy Spirit gives us power.
We may not receive it as a powerful wind and tongues of fire, but if we listen, we can discern God’s counsel, His opportunities for us, and His immense blessings. The Apostles were Jesus’s closest followers, and even they were just waiting in a room until the
Holy Spirit emboldened them at the right time. Likewise, God doesn’t send us out alone.
The Holy Spirit gifts us differently, of course. Some may be called to minister around the world, or to write books or blogs to be read nationwide or worldwide. That sounds grand and exciting and we can imagine the Holy Spirit working powerfully to those ends.
Most of us, however, are called as witnesses in our city, work, schools, and homes, and our service, love, meekness, and steadfastness during hardship are a far greater witness to Jesus than our own cleverness. Loving others, remaining steadfast in faith through mundane, humble circumstances also requires great courage, and is a deeply powerful witness to Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Faithfulness to the Mission requires us to be sending, going, and supporting. What small role do you play in the global mission of God? Who are you sending? Who are you being sent to in your community? Who are you supporting?