This morning while spending time with the Lord he reminded me about my sphere of influence. He brought me to two verses:
“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.””
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
It’s easy as a stay at home mom to think my sphere of influence is very limited. Or to think that I cannot influence others because I am not qualified whether it be education, experience or dare I say it, godly enough. However, that isn’t how God views me or the work he has for me. God is not limited and he qualifies the called. I must only trust and obey allowing the Holy Spirit to do his work through me. It’s his job to bear the fruit.
What does it look like to be a witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth?
I have a nifty diagram (sometimes I need it drawn out to help me understand).
Before we can disciple, teach and witness to anyone, we must be working in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the core. It is THE POWER. He is the one doing the work of influence in your life and the one you testify about. He must be the center of your life.
With His power, you will begin to witness in Jerusalem, your family. Your reliance on Christ will speak volumes to your spouse and to your children. You will begin to bear fruit of the spirit and love them as Christ loves.
His power will move you to witness to Judea, your close friends your extended family. They will see changes in the way you live how you treat your family and speak about your spouse.
He will then have you witness to Samaria, the acquaintances that you see on occasion. The ladies who see you once a week in the grocery store, what you post on social media and what type of work ethic and how you carry yourself at work.
His power then will have you witness to the ends of the earth. It’s when you are out among the strangers living your life you witness. They see how you treat your children or your spouse. They see how you conduct yourself and what you speak about.
You witness in every moment of everyday. The power to influence others for Christ is amazing. When we remain in Christ, he takes what seems impossible and makes it possible. We fulfill the great commission when we first surrender ourselves and our life to Christ and allow what he has done for us to permeate every aspect, every relationship and every situation in our life.