FRIDAY, AUGUST 6
“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.”
Acts 1:8 (ESV)
OUR MISSION IS TO THE WORLD
An insurance company sponsored a conference at its huge, national headquarters building in New York City. Agents from all over the country attended. During the convention, one of the delegates from a western state sold insurance to a barber, an elevator operator, and a restaurant employee—all three of whom had worked in that headquarters building for years. That “out of stater” wrote those policies because the local staffers had neglected to do their “homework.”
Jesus’ mission for His disciples included the entire world but started at home. J Vernon McGee writes: “All Judaea” is equivalent to our community; “Samaria” represents the other side of the tracks, the folk we don’t associate with. Although we may not meet with these people socially, we are to take the gospel to them.” And “to the end of the earth” includes the rest of the world.
Stanley W. Tefft, 25 years old, an aerial gunner from Toledo, Ohio, disclosed that Christian natives on a South Pacific island had won to Christ seven Navy airmen who had been shot down in combat with the Japanese. He said the natives had received the Gospel of Christ from American missionaries before the war. The gunner, at the Naval Air Station at Alameda, Calif., recuperating from wounds, said that with two companions, Lieut. Edward Peck and Radioman Jeff Scott, he reached the island on a raft after two and a half days at sea. Four others also were there. For the next 87 days they hid on the Japanese-occupied island, watched over by the natives, whose first act was to give them a Bible. Tefft said, “Every night the natives would gather round us, and we took turns reading the Bible. They sang songs which we knew. You can tell the world that I am now a devout Christian.” Others may criticize missionary endeavors, but these airmen are praising God that America ever sent missionaries to the islands of the South Pacific.
Oswald J. Smith used to say, “The light that shines the farthest will shine the brightest at home.” How have you seen our church intentionally minister at home and around the world? How have you been involved in ministry at home and around the world?
Thank God that the gospel reached you where you live. Ask God to show you where He wants you to minister next.