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Where Do You Place Your Focus?

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 7:39am -- Rob
Last week, a friend reminded me that Christian missions take place everywhere everyday.  When Jesus said, "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), notice that he instructed His disciples to first begin with those nearest themselves (Jerusalem).  Then He'd send them outward from there into nearby cities, towns, regions, then the ends of the world.

Our minds tend to read that verse then focus on thoughts of missionaries sharing the gospel in remote parts of Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East.  While that's perfectly fine, do we overlook opportunities to share the gospel within our own personal Jerusalems?

What about the person pumping gas on the other side of the gas pump?  What about the person standing ahead or behind in the store checkout line?  What about the next door neighbor(s)?

If I had to guess, some reading this might be entertaining thoughts like, "Well, I'm not an evangelist.  I just don't think that way," or "Nobody wants to be interrupted in their daily routine.  I can't do that."

Reread (refocus on) our Lord's opening words in Acts 1:8.  "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you..." 

Left to ourselves (our own vain imaginings, limited expectations, and strength), we won't reach out to somebody else nearby.  We won't be listening to the Holy Spirit prompting us to speak something specific to someone else around.  In fact, it's likely that we'll only think about ourselves. 

It's when we open ourselves up to be filled with the Holy Spirit (cultivate intimacy and complete dependence in Him, instead of ourselves) that the power to overcome the worldly, "I'm not good enough" statements, the adversary's, "Who do you think you are?" statements; to obediently follow what the Spirit would have us say or do in that very moment- becomes possible.  Then He (not you or I) does immeasurably more than we ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20)!

Where are you placing your focus today?  Self, others, places far away?  Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you.  Confess anything He brings to mind that is displeasing to Him in your heart or life.  Then allow Him to guide your eyes, ears, heart and mind to where He'd have you go, what He'd have you do or say; and become the person He desires you to become.  You'll become more Christlike as you do.  It's all about where you place your focus today- near or far off; self or Spirit.