2000 years ago, Jesus gave the Great Commission to his disciples. This small group of 12 was trained and sent out to proclaim the good news to all the world. It is conceivable that up to this point, most of these disciples had never traveled more than 100 miles outside of their home town. However, in a few short years, this fledgling Church had “upset the world” (Acts 17:6).
I find that some people are bothered when I suggest that God gave his Church a global mission.
“That’s too big!” they protest.
“You are going to overwhelm people!”
“We need to focus on the needs here.”
But Jesus did not shy away from tasking his young, inexperienced disciples with an impossible assignment with a global scope.In fact, he expected them to do it. You see, Jesus said that his purpose in coming to the earth was “to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). A logical extension of this is that he wanted those lost to be found all over the world. And when he gave his Great Commission, he was only echoing what his Father stated in Isaiah 49:6, “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.”
Since the Creator of the universe, and our Saviour, commanded that we have a global scope to our Kingdom vision, dare we aim for anything short of that? In my next few blog posts, I will be touching on principles from my book, What Are You Trusting God For?, to help expand your vision, and apply Biblical principles to have an impact that is exceeding, abundantly beyond all we could ask or imagine.