Read: Acts 1:8
Acts 1:8, in the great commission tells us, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We have all heard about the child who makes a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fills a backpack with clothing, grabs his pillow and announces “I’m running away” to his parents. This child is doing this in a spirit of disobedience or defiance. His parents respond, “OK, just don’t cross the street”. If we were in a society where our block was considered a safe haven, this would define the end of the earth for that child.
The question that’s critical to examine is, “Are we going in obedience or disobedience?” You see, we are all going somewhere. It could be to help a friend, serve at a soup kitchen or to watch our favorite TV rerun. We are still going. So where is “the end of the earth”? Oddly enough, I think most of us evaluate that in relation to where we are. We joke about digging to China, but that is only the other side of the earth. If we calculate it in terms of the furthest distance from where we stand, we end almost in the same spot by going around the globe. So the end of the earth in reality is the place where our Father through the Holy Spirit tells us to go and proclaim the good new of Jesus and His salvation.
Our Father will only ask us to go where He knows we will be able to go. We will have to be successful on our own block if we are to be trusted to cross the street. We will have to be our own neighborhoods, if we are trusted to go further out. His command starts close and then moves out from there. Each step prepares us for the next. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
And if our works remain consistent in giving God the glory as instructed in Matthew 5:16, and our works are focused on proclaiming the good news to other, then the Holy Spirit will enable us, as in Acts 4:33: “And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.”
Written by Fred Tahan
Originally published in 2011