Not every believer has the missionary gift, but every Christian is called to some kind of involvement in missions. We are called to advance the gospel in some way and to participate in the fulfilling of God’s purposes in our generation.
In Acts chapter one Jesus tells his original disciples that at the advent of the Holy Spirit, they will be witnesses of his resurrection in four spheres of their lives. They were to bare witness in Jerusalem, the place they lived, Judiea, the place they felt most comfortable, Samaria, where they would be uncomfortable and forced to deal the their own prejudices, and to the ends of the Earth, a place that would require increasing effort to reach. These same spheres of witness exist for us- the current generation of Christ’s disciples. We are responsible to ensure that the message of Christ’s resurrection is proclaimed in all four spheres. Jesus did not come to make bad people good or sick people well, although he does do that, ultimately Jesus makes dead people live!
May the message of the resurrection be our witness and may we never neglect the spheres of witness that we have been granted.
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