The Answer, Part Four

When someone is in the process of dying, family and friends often await “last words” that might have some sense of importance. 

This week we have been looking at the last words of our resurrected Christ. As He was speaking, I doubt that His followers realized they were hearing His last words. But as soon as He said these words, Jesus ascended to heaven:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Sprit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Jesus left His followers with the promise of a coming power of the Holy Spirit – a power that would give them the supernatural courage and joy to be witnesses for Him – wherever they might be – Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.

And that’s where we are commanded to be witnesses also – in our home, in our hometown, in our state, in our nation, in our world – wherever we might be – and wherever He may be calling us to go. Jesus expects us to be involved in His worldwide mission.

In a Bible study several years ago, in addition to the actual study that we were doing, each of us chose a nation to pray for during that period of time. Each week we shared something about “our” nation – its culture, geography, economy, predominant religions, education, and current news from that nation. As the study went on, we each embraced and developed a heart for our borrowed nations.

As enlightening as this was, this awareness and concern are only beginning points for being “on mission” for Christ. We need to do more than just be aware and concerned. 

We also need to be living our lives in such a way that we light the path for others – and avoid becoming stumbling blocks to the gospel. Paul tells the people in Philippi:

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ … that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

Father, open our eyes that we may see the needs of those around us. Open our minds to creative ways to share Your message with our world. Open our hearts to hurt for those who are unaware that they are lost. Open our wallets to meet the needs of others and fund those who can go and share in other places. Help us to be where You want us to be that we may pray and share your life-giving message. Help us be a Great Commission church serving You with limitless courage and contagious joy. Amen.    

By Judy Shrout

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