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Link with our world outside our borders

By: Admin on March 7, 2013

Link with our world outside our borders
Taken from the message presented right here at Waverley on March 3, 2013

Here are some important questions for every follower of Jesus: Does our faith in God have anything to do at all with the world around us? Is God touching the needs of the world through us?

While we may not pick up everything, leave Canada, learn another language, culture and lifestyle in order to share the awesome story of God’s love, there certainly are those who are doing this right now.

God still calls and equips some of us to go to places on this planet that haven’t experienced the powerful message of Jesus. Do we even know what is going on? What are we going to do about it and even more, what happens if God is tapping ME on the shoulder? How can we link with the world outside of Canada?

Acts 16:6 - 15
6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Got to Go! - Acts 16:6a
Paul and his companions were already sharing Christ wherever they happened to be. They were already talking about the life-changing love of God to people wherever they happened to find them. Therefore, if you aren't sharing Christ right here in Winnipeg, you won’t be sharing Christ anywhere else. Frankly, if you don’t even want to go out your front door, you certainly won’t be called to another nation and culture.

Got Spirit! Acts 16:6b - 7
Paul and his teammates knew where to go and where NOT to go because they were in tune with the Spirit of Jesus. Their intentions were right to want to go on to a place they felt was right, but they realized they were under orders from someone wiser than they who knew the real situation. So, no matter what, they followed how God led, not their hearts, minds or feelings.

To be able to do this requires a carefully cultivated relationship with God and knowing how to distinguish His voice from the competing voices and feelings around us.

So, what if God says, "no"? God saying, “no” to their original plans was not a discouragement for Paul and his friends, rather an indication to keep on in the direction they were going. Perhaps God's "no" to something else means "yes" to what we are already doing!

Got Vision! Acts 16:8, 9
Paul had this deep, intimate relationship with Jesus and got a very clear call to where he and his teammates were supposed to go. They went to a place that had the need for the message of Jesus but also most likely an open mind to hear this message.

Do we ever think about where we should go? When someone is thinking about where to go, are we with them? Are we praying with them? Are we researching this out with them? Are we helping the investigation?
God still gives “vision” and is using the many resources that are at our disposal. We can communicate and investigate like never before. We know more about the world, about entry into different countries and how to make contacts than ever before. When can be aware of needs like never before, but are we looking for them? Paul and his companions were looking for a place to go...and God showed them. If we are looking for a place to go, God will show us clearly.

Got Obedience! Acts 16:10
Paul and his teammates went at once. No need for second-guessing, praying more, consulting with others: they went where God had called them. When the time comes for us, it means we respond!

Something to think about here: Dozens, maybe hundreds, prayed for Paul constantly and gave money to support the work he did. Some even travelled great distances to accompany him in his work or take care of him when he was in prison. So, are we supporting someone? Are we behind someone and ensuring they can do the work God has called not just them, but all of us to support? We may not get the call to go, but we still get the call.

When we follow Christ’s lead
• The church will be established in other places in the world
• We will become stronger, more dedicated Christians here
• We will begin to reach our own community because we are willing to reach everywhere else.

Topics: message series, outreach

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