In the Church we make a big deal about foreign missionaries. Indeed, they are a big deal. A person who agrees to be a missionary to another country is giving up the comforts of home, the connections of family and friends, and is following God’s leading from everything he or she has known. However, other missions work is a big deal, too.
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.” – Acts 1:8, ESV
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to be witnesses everywhere. Note where Jesus started: Jerusalem. The disciples were already in Jerusalem. Jesus was telling them to be witnesses right where they were.
Then Jesus expanded by saying Judea and Samaria. In other words, the territory around them that was only a few days travel away. They were to be witnesses there, too.
Finally, Jesus said, “to the end of the earth.” Their vision couldn’t be local. They needed to go as far as they could. We have historical records of the disciples obeying, going as far as India and the British Isles. Those were great distances from Jerusalem.
That command Jesus gave His disciples still applies to us today. We are to be witnesses from where we live to the furthest parts of the world from us. There is no place too close nor any place too far.
The model church understands that missions work encompasses anywhere and everywhere it can reach. It’s not just about missions giving. It’s also about mission doing. And it’s not just about sending out foreign missionaries. It’s also about reaching out around us. Let us be His witnesses wherever He calls us to reach and be!