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To the ends of the earth!

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Only as we begin to understand our existence in regards to living with a Biblical worldview, do we truly understand our obligation to the Great Commission.  In short, our purpose as a body of believers is to be a witness for God’s love and salvation to a lost and dying world.  But the question arises – where does that obligation end?  With our neighbor?  Our community?  Our country?  No, Jesus said:

“But 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

Perhaps Mark said it best when he said:

Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

So it’s pretty obvious from Scripture that we are all called to be involved in sharing the Gospel.  As individuals that call may be to simply be a witness within your sphere of influence, i.e. your co-workers, your family, your neighborhood.  Then again, God may be calling you to “go” in the truest sense of the word to another place for the express purpose of being a missionary.  However as a church, we are called to be involved in sharing the Gospel “to the ends of the earth.”  Our obligation is to our neighborhood, our city, our region, our country and…you guessed it, “to the ends of the earth!”

“Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its Biblical right to exist.”  Oswald J. Smith

Just recently I returned from a trip to a very remote place, you might even say it was “the ends of the earth.”  Sadly, for obvious security reasons,  I can’t openly share with you exactly where it was but what I can share is that God is doing amazing things in places you would never imagine!  As I spent a week with a group of Muslim Background Believers who had given their lives to Christ, I was so encouraged by their enthusiasm and their love for God’s word.  But what impressed me even more was their passion and burning desire to go out and share their new found faith with others!  Knowing that they were aware of the persecution that would surely come their way, I asked them this one question:  Why?  Why do you want to share your faith with others?  Their answer amazed me.  “Because we have chosen to follow Jesus and He has commanded us to go, how can we say no?  How can we say that we are Christians, how can we say we love Jesus, if we don’t obey what He has called us to do?

That answer brought tears to my eyes and made be wonder where we would be today if every believer would make that level of commitment to “go.”  Maybe John Piper said it best “You have three choices.  You can go, send, or disobey!”  Which one have you chosen today?

Love in Christ,

Pastor Steve