To the Ends of the Earth

We can go to any country on this planet and find exploited children by sinful humans. The children in every country, including the United States, need help from people who want them to grow up to be healthy and spiritually thriving children of God.

God uses His Word to call us to action. Through prayer for guidance, His Word, and prayer for the Holy Spirit to intervene, God reveals to us the how, when, where, and why.

baptism

 The Great commission sends us to the ends of the earth to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

Jesus sends us out and makes it clear that we are to GO! Acts 1:8 boldly announces, “8 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.”

The actual location of our “work” in response to His leading, comes through that relationship with Him. Some are called to go to the ends of the earth while others are called to work locally. Others are called to stay, give, and pray.

I’ve spent hours meditating on these words. This text is written as a call to action. And it calls me to do more than just give monetary donations. Are you on-board with me about that?

You are called to take action! Maybe you are called to stay, pray and give. But God clearly called me to go and build bridges of hope for children in Thailand. I’m to teach them to fish so they gain dignity and not be vulnerable to predators.

By living out Acts1:8we are being the hands and feet of Christ. Matthew 25:35-36 fleshes out what that looks like.

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

I MUST GO. Will you join me in spirit? Will you encourage and help me with this?

Will you walk along side with Hope Bridges and commit to building Bridges of Hope?

Here Am I!

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 ESV

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 ESV

God knew the answer to the question “Whom shall I send…” By asking this questions it gives Isaiah a chance to volunteer as he willingly does when he says, “Here I am. Send me!” God loves it when we volunteer to be his hands and feet. For example you’re at work and your boss demands you do something. How do you feel? 

There is freedom in volunteering. It allows us the free will to serve God and His people. God does not demand that we love him but he does call and equip us to serve. So what are you waiting for?

Isaiah saw the need and responded to God’s call. Not like Moses and Jeremiah who wanted to discuss with God that call. However, Isaiah accepted his call and did great things for God’s people. So never underestimate what a person can do. Never underestimate what you can do. God has a plan for your life to be His hands and feet in some way. So what are you waiting for, go serve!

Have you ever heard God’s voice say something along the lines of go and serve? 
If not how would you react if you did hear his voice? 
If you have how did you react?
What were the results?

I Chose You…

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. John 15:16

I remember being in grade school and lining up to be chosen for a team to play ball. I was usually one of the last ones to be chosen. It didn’t feel so great. Well, there was a reason I wasn’t chosen sooner. I was clumsy, and still am. But as the years have passed I’ve been chosen for other things.  

It’s good to know that Christ has chosen you and me. Yes, you! You’ve been chosen for mission! Each and every one of us has been chosen and called to a mission. That means bearing fruit for the kingdom of God. You have been chosen by Jesus Christ to bear fruit to do mission. That doesn’t mean that all of us are called to pack our bags and move to the other side of the world. 

We can do mission right where we are, unless you’ve been called to move to the otters side of the world. You can get involved with an international mission right where you are! I’ll bet there is one in your city or very close by. I would be willing to bet as well that there are local organizations that would really appreciate you realizing that you are chosen and called for mission!

What is your mission?