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
The Holy Spirit empowers us to share the good news of Jesus. Here, Jesus is telling the disciples to witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria. Today, we’re going to unpack how we can apply these places to the world around us today.
Jerusalem and Judea
Jerusalem and Judea was the place where the disciples were from. Jerusalem was the main place of worship for the Jewish people and Judea was the region Jerusalem was in.
We as Christ followers should be reaching the people around us. What does your sphere of influence look like? How can you lead others to experience the love of Christ?
An amazing way to do that is by relationship. Actually caring about others and making an effort to share your life with them.
Samaria was a group of people that the Jewish people hated. If Jewish people had to get to a destination where they would have to pass through Samaria, they would go around it instead of through Samaria.
The Jewish people hated the Samaritans, but Jesus still called the disciples to love them and to witness to them. Who or what is the Samaria of your heart? Is it people of a different ethnicity? Is it people from a certain socioeconomic background? I encourage you to reach out to them. Instead of avoiding the Samaria of your heart, lean in, press in and try to understand them. Show them the love of Christ.
Ends of the Earth
Our mission isn’t only the people in our area, it’s the end of the earth as well. As Christians, we are all a part of the Body of Christ. We are all the Church. People in other countries and cultures are just as important to God. He loves them and desires that they know Him. Our commission is to spread the Gospel to all corners of the earth.
Today, think through how you can walk out what Jesus commissions in Acts 1:8. Create a plan of what you can do and begin to walk that out.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22