Acts 1:8 commissioned the apostles to think differently about mission without Jesus physically by their side. This global mission was probably impossible for them to comprehend. Their ministry had not taken them very far, and now they were looking to the ends of the earth.
Today we have received the same command. Hearing and obeying the command in Acts 1:8 calls us to first receive the Holy Spirit, who gives power to our purpose. We often try to run ahead of God’s plan. When we move too quickly, we run the risk of showing others what we can do for God rather than telling how God is at work in our lives. Our participation in God’s global mission must start here at home because we are part of the world, and only we can tell how God is at work in this part of it.
This message is excerpted from “Navigating the Globe, a P.L.A.N. For global mission,” a 2011 Women of the ELCA resource, written by Valora K. Starr. Today we commemorate John Calvin, renewer of the church, 1564.
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