The Progression of the Great Commission

This is a follow-up post to “The Strategy of the Great Commission.” Not only is this responsibility, this command, for every disciple of Jesus Christ strategic, it is progressional. How? Here’s what the Bible says in the book of Acts:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (1:8 ESV)

The progression is in the location of Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria, and then to the end of the earth. Jesus gives this progression to His followers basically saying, “Start where you are and share Christ right there.”

We don’t have to go on mission trips to different cities or foreign countries to serve and share Christ. We are actually called to first start where we are. Start in your family, with your friend group, in your neighborhood, at your job or your school. Start where you are.

Then, after starting where you are, go a little further. Maybe across town at a homeless shelter or a neighboring city.

After going a little further, going a little further still. And all the while behind you, leaving a trail of sharing Jesus. Everywhere we go, in everything we do, we should be intentionally engaged in sharing Jesus Christ. It is the only thing that truly matters in life.

When we share, we don’t just move on and never go back. We must teach them to observe all that Jesus commanded in the Bible. We must disciple and train and make disciples who can make disciples.

But, before we can move on to the ends of the earth, we have to start right where we are. Who is one person you cross paths with on an almost daily basis whom you can share Christ with today?


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