Jesus told His early disciples that they would be His “witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8. Jerusalem lay in the province of Judea. Samaria was roughly 50km away. The disciples could possibly have understood reaching out so far. But “to the end of the earth!?”
We struggle to appreciate the enormity of the task at hand. How did Jesus expect a few men to be His witnesses to the end of the earth? There were no planes, trains, or cars. There was no printing press. They couldn’t simply leave a tract. God’s Word, the Bible, hadn’t been translated into different languages. Not to mention the persecution of those who placed their faith and trust in Jesus the Messiah. It may have seemed an impossible task.
According to peoplegroups.org there are 11 295 people groups in the world. 6 922 people groups are “unreached” (less than 2% evangelical Christians). 3 032 people groups are still “unengaged” (no Church planting strategy). The gospel has spread pretty much to the end of the earth. Yet, the task is far from finished.
Christ’s commission to His disciples still stands today…”you will be my witnesses…to the end of the earth.” This begs the question: “How will Ladysmith Baptist Church be Christ’s witnesses to the end of the earth?” It seems an impossible task. Let’s not forget the first half of Acts 1:8 though: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” God’s heart is for the nations to be reached with the glorious gospel that Jesus forgives sin and saves sinners. The Holy Spirit empowers His Church for the task at hand.
Church, God is showing us how He is reaching the nations through us. Here is 1 example. God sent Filipino men and women 11 000km to work at the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme, and to become a part of our Church family. They have been impacted with the gospel of Christ. Jesus has saved many of them whilst they are working 11 000km from home. Every Sunday they travel 60km to enjoy fellowship with us, to worship our great God with us, and to be instructed by God’s Word. In their time with us the Filipino Christian Fellowship has been established on the Construction site. It doesn’t end there. In their time here God birthed a vision in their hearts to take the gospel to every Construction site the Lord sends them to. A few of the Christian brothers have now left us and moved 10 000km to Laos to work on another project. They are getting a Filipino Christian Fellowship started there. Isn’t that amazing!! Please pray for the work there.
So, be encouraged. Jesus loves His Church. We may be a small Church in the greater scheme of things. But He is doing wonderful things in us and through us. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus. Who knows what He will do through us by the power of His Holy Spirit.
God bless you.