To The Ends Of The Earth

Have you ever wanted to be part of a major movement? Have you wanted to be on the championship team? Do you continue to long to be part of something bigger than yourself? Do you know you can be?

Isn’t it great to be on a winning team? Winning tournaments, championships, hefting trophies is a lot of fun, even if it is simply a weekend softball tournament. It is even more fun if that tournament is at the state or national level.

Unfortunately, that celebration doesn’t last. That is not to say we shouldn’t celebrate and enjoy the day. But the reality is we will be back in our doldrums in a few days. Something will go wrong, someone will be hurt, and we are brought down off our pedestal into the life of this world once again.

There is a team we can be part of that will win the ultimate victory and there will be no coming down off the pedestal. We will celebrate forever. That, of course, is the team of Christ. When we join His team, we join the Apostles He selected two-thousand years ago. We join the team He sent out to tell the world about Him.

When we go into the world, whether in our neighborhood or half-way around the world to tell others about Jesus, we join the original set of Apostles who were commissioned to spread the gospel to the very ends of the earth. That is an awesome team to join!

We often think of mission work as going to a foreign land, or minimally to another area of our own country. But have we looked at our own neighborhood? Have we looked at our own family? The ends of the earth may be right next-door. The person we are meant to reach may be the very person we chat with over the fence on Saturday morning.

God created each of us uniquely with a unique purpose. He has a plan prepared for us to follow. One portion of that plan is to reach others. Lest you cringe at the thought of evangelizing someone else, I’m reminded of a saying I heard many years ago, “Tell everyone about Jesus, and when necessary, use words.” Our actions, behavior, and simply how we go about our daily lives tell people, not only about us, but who we belong to. When we represent Christ in all we do, people will ask us how we handle the stress of daily life.

I pray we all join the Apostles in spreading the gospel. I pray we show Christ in all we do. I pray each one of us chooses to fulfill the plan God created us for. Join Christ’s team. Be Jesus’ representative. Fulfill God’s plan for you. Be part of the winning team. Look forward to eternal celebration.

Acts 1:8 “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.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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