Our Bible verse for today: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “How far will you go to tell the truth about Jesus?”
The last devotional message in this series that you received from me was on Saturday October 6th. In that message I explained that I was leaving the USA to take a short-term mission team to work for a week at the El Arca Children’s Home in the Amazon Jungle in Peru. We returned safely home yesterday afternoon. It was a great time of ministry and fellowship with our missionary friends the Lenz family. (You can learn more about the ministry of El Arca by visiting their website at www.elarcafam.org, or check-out their Facebook page “El Arca Children’s Home of Peru”). Our team will be giving a full report at Oak Hill Baptist Church this Sunday evening (October 21st) at 6:00. If you’re in the Crossville area we would love to have you join us.
Also in that last devotional message I said that the words of Jesus in John 14:6 are the most important words of truth you can share with people, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is the way – the only way. There is no other way. People need to know this, and in Acts 1:8 Jesus commanded us to spread that truth far and wide, even to the ends of the earth. My question for all of us this morning is “How far will you go to tell the truth about Jesus?”
From Crossville, TN to Puerto Maldenado, Peru is exactly 3,503 miles. That’s how far our mission team traveled to help share the love of Jesus with people in the Amazon Jungle. We then left one of the young men on our team to stay there for a full year. That’s 3,503 miles plus 12 months of his life in order to share Jesus with people.
The Lenz family gave up their home in the USA and lives in the Amazon Jungle permanently in order to share the truth about Jesus with those people. While our team was on our short-term mission some friends of ours, Southern Baptist long-term missionaries Jeff and Rachel Gayhart and their three children, completed their sabbatical in the USA and returned to their home in Southeast Asia. They have made it their life’s work to share the truth about Jesus with people in that part of the world.
But it’s not necessary to go that far to share the truth about Jesus. You don’t have to travel to the other side of the world and spend decades of your life in a foreign land. You also don’t have to spend a year in the Amazon Jungle, or even a week. You don’t even need to leave your hometown. Each of us can and should share the truth about Jesus with our family members, our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, and those we encounter right there in our own hometown everyday.
My question remains, “How far will you go to share the truth about Jesus?” It’s the most important truth that has even been told, and the Lord has given us both the privilege and the responsibility to tell people that truth.