After arriving from the continent of Africa and having just completed a second mission trip to Uganda, I began reflecting. Upon reviewing my visits to 5 countries in that continent in the east, west and central areas: questions stirred my heart.
As I review the photos contemplating where I have been over the last 19 years in Africa. I ask myself, “What is God’s ultimate purpose there? Where does this drive to return come from?”
First, I would have to say that the drive is from the Holy Spirit stirring my husband and I to complete Jesus’ commission to his disciples before He returned to the Father in that cloud when He bid His disciples farewell here on planet earth. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19 ”Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and lo I am with you always unto the end.”
When Jesus was about to depart, He told the disciples to linger until they had received the Holy Spirit, Who would enable them to do this very act and to be witnesses of Him.
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Be witnesses at home, neighborhood, communities, state, nation and wherever your life exists here on earth.
Do we all as Christians have that responsibility to go out? Is it delegated to a few? Are some naturally wired to go on mission trips? Is it in our DNA? How do we get the motive, or the drive to seek out people groups we cannot even communicate with without interpreters to relate the Message? First, we must go share the Good News about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection in their lives, forsaking all. Then, we must show them why and how Jesus is relevant to their lives in this period of history. Then we live out our lives in a convincing manner as they observe our walk and conversations as we dwell among them.
Have you ever observed two people falling in love? They can’t stop telling about the good qualities and the passion they have for each other. Jesus first loved us, and we, as the Bride of Christ, must be sharing our passionate love for Him, our soon coming Bridegroom. In the book of Revelations we see the marriage supper of the Lamb and the Bride. After the marriage, the Bride becomes the Wife and remains with her Husband, the King Jesus, for eternity- now that’s something worth sharing!
“Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Rev. 19:9
By: Apostle Carliss Prosser