An impossible mission1
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
This mission sounds impossible. God is going to ask unsophisticated, uneducated, unspectacular people to start a movement that changes the world. Impossible.
Except that it isn’t. We know it isn’t. We know because of where we’re standing in history.
Two thousand years ago Jesus gave these unsophisticated, uneducated, unspectacular people a mission: to be his witnesses even to the ends of the earth. And here we are – in what they would have considered to be the ends of the earth – worshipping Jesus. Mission accomplished.
In January we’re going to take several weeks to look at the mission of the church, particularly as it’s laid out in the book of Acts. As God empowered them, the early church overcame tremendous obstacles to get the news about Jesus out into the world.
We also receive an invitation from Jesus to join his mission. And at times this mission may seem impossible. But we’re not in it alone. God sends us together and he leads the way.
When you think about God’s mission, what comes to mind? How are you currently actively participating in the bigger work that God’s doing in the world?