Near and Far

28 04 2015

“…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

The last words of Jesus to his disciples before ascending into heaven were that they would be His witnesses, his representatives, to not only the place where they lived (Jerusalem), but to the surrounding communities (Judea and Samaria) and to everywhere else (the ends of the earth).  This instruction wasn’t just a list of potential expansion areas for the gospel message, but it was a calling for the disciples to fulfill.  They needed to have all of these places on their radar screens as places to care about and to purposefully engage.

Now the world is such a big place, that many might find that invitation overwhelming, or at the very least, very intimidating, but at it’s core, God is simply calling His disciples to have a heart for the World, a heart for those who are near us and for those who are far away.  He simply wants us to have His heart for people.  He desires that everyone be saved and that none would be lost.  That has to be our heart too.

And when we have His heart, we will understand the need to share our faith with those near us, as well as with those who are far away.  The gospel is for every person!


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