An Acts 1:8 Life

“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)

As I have been reflecting personally on my time spent in Costa Rica during my mission trip in August, a few things keep coming up over and over again.  One is regarding the two-fold approach to ministry that I saw in our church’s global partner, Roblealto.  On one hand, the staff of this organization strives to do what they do to the very best of their abilities – so much so that the Costa Rican government has taken note and helps fund many of their projects.  Yet on the other hand, Roblealto’s staff (from the kitchen workers to the director) also recognizes and acknowledges Jesus as being the true transforming power in the hurting lives of those with whom they work.

Roblealto’s two-fold approach to ministry made quite an impression on me while I was there and has been something that I have thought about a lot in the time since I have been back.  It has really made me think about how I can incorporate such an approach into my own life.  For example, it has made me more humble and aware of God’s involvement in the things that I do well.  And it has made me more willing to be open and honest with others about this too – articulating to them that it is really “Christ in me” doing the work. (see Colossians 1:27)

Another issue that has come up since I’ve been back from my Costa Rica trip has to do with the verse from the top of this post.  I’ve been wondering a lot about how I can best be a witness for Jesus in my “Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and ends of the earth.”  This all started after reading a post from the blog of (in)courage.me entitled, “When We Feel Overwhelmed By All The Needs.”  The post talked about some questions that Act 1:8 can evoke from us:  What’s a need that makes me feel not just compassion but also passion? How can I meet that need with more than just money?  How can I meet this need in “Jerusalem, Judea, and the ends of the earth?”

These questions, in conjunction with processing through thoughts and feelings from my Costa Rica trip, have led me to truly ponder my response to the needs I see in the world around me.  As a result of this reflection, I feel I know what my “Jerusalem” is – those who are hurting inside my inner sphere of influence.  I realized I am still seeking to find my “Judea and Samaria” – what local ministry I can partner with in my city.  Also, I feel that my involvement with Roblealto has become part of my global outreach to the “ends of the earth.”  Another way I feel I can reach out globally is through this blog.  So thanks for reading!

“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)

Love to Hear Your Thoughts!