“… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1: 8
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come … 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. St. Matthew 24:3-6, 14
What image does the word ‘Missions’ conjure up in your mind? Do you immediately think of travelling overseas and handing out copies of the New Testament to hungry souls? Or do you think of heading into forgotten lands to help build schools and shelters for the orphaned or abandoned? Or do you think of presenting a ‘special’ offering to support a team heading to distant shores to share the Word with those who have never heard. According to my understanding, ‘Missions’ is all that, and then some.
Today we were privileged to attend an event where much was shared about the needs that exist and how we can help. As the speakers shared how God had given them revelation and direction, I started to ask myself what I could do to hasten the Word along. When Jesus spoke in the book of Acts, He was giving instructions to His disciples in words that were familiar to them. We may not live in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, nor the ends of the earth, but we can make a difference right where we are.
One of the guest speakers was Tim Muttoo. Tim shared how God equipped him, ‘an ordinary guy’ to make a difference in the lives of others by helping those in need to access clean drinking water, through an organization called H2O 4 All. He trusted God to take Him to the far and unfamiliar places and to make the right connections to help him fulfill the mission. Another of the speakers was Ian Green. He spoke about the changes that are being brought about through Next Level International, a Europe based organization that is seeking to bring hope and help to communities in need.
What is God calling you to do where Missions is concerned? Has He given you a ‘burden’ to travel? To give? To help? What are the opportunities for getting involved in getting the Word out to those in your city, your country or places you’ve never even heard of? Yes, Missions may involve travelling and giving financially, but it can also be as doable as sharing Him with the next stranger you meet. Maybe today would be a good day to allow Him to tell you His plans for your life where missions are concerned.
Inventory/Introspection: “What has God given to me that I can give to the Nations?” (Tim Muttoo, April 29 2012)
Personal Application: – My time, talents and resources are no good to anyone if I keep them buried or hidden. What changes can I make to my financial and other commitments to allow me to make a meaningful impact in Missions?
Father, we are grateful for the opportunities that You provide for us to go far and wide to share the truth of Your love with those who don’t know You. Technology has made it easier for word to spread. People are travelling to and from many lands, opening up possibilities of passing on Bibles and telling others by word of mouth. As we anticipate Your return, we pray You will help us to quickly get the Word out to those who don’t know.
According to St Matthew 24: 14 “… this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Jesus, we want to be used as missionaries in getting the truth to ‘Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth’ as it relates to our geographical location. We may not all be able to go, but help us to prayerfully considering giving to those who will go, and to prayerfully seek out opportunities to serve in our local areas and communities.
We are thankful that You welcomed us into Your family and blotted out our sins and transgressions. May we be in a hurry to make others aware of the freedom and salvation we have found in You.
May Your name alone be glorified as we respond to Your call.
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