However, in the truest sense a missionary is "a person on a mission" and that includes all Christians, even if we never leave our hometown.
Acts 1:8 says, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NLT)
We tend to highlight "the ends of the earth" in this passage and ignore what the other locations represented for the disciples:
- People in their present location--Jerusalem
- People nearby who were like them--Judea
- People nearby from other cultures--Samaria
The most effective way to do this is to talk naturally about Christ to those around us, sharing how He impacts our lives personally. God has given us this mission and He's equipped each of us to do it our own unique way in our sphere of influence.
BE ENCOURAGED! You can be an important missionary right where you are!
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