In Acts 1 we read of Jesus’ final instructions before He ascended into heaven following His resurrection. He tells His followers to wait and remain in Israel where the promised Holy Spirit will come upon them. Then, He elaborates, saying,
“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.” (Acts 1:8)
What follows in Acts is exactly that, as the apostles spread the Gospel first in Jerusalem, then to surrounding Judea, next into neighboring Samaria and finally abroad, even all the way to Rome. This is God’s plan for the Gospel. When each of us come to faith, we become “contagious”, able to spread salvation to others. It is natural that we would begin close to home. From there, the Word spreads and spreads outward. A generation ago, our nation had been thoroughly reached with the Gospel, and our focus was overseas. In our time, our neighbors are less and less likely to know Jesus. I am greatly burdened that we must make serious effort to reach our “Jerusalem” – the towns where each of us live.
in Him, Mike