The World is Here
There for go make disciples of all nations... you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8, NIV).
The city in which I work has experienced a large population growth due to immigration. Fifty percent of our population growth is from internationals. It is safe to say the world is here!
We hear other languages when we walk down the street and in the aisles of grocery stores. Too often, our response is negative. People are coming with new ways and cultures to make our community more complicated. It is also an opportunity to live out our Christian faith. Our city streets are no different that the ones in Jerusalem during the Passover at the time of Our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection.
That is why Jesus told His disciples to make disciples of all peoples and be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
A Missiologist changed my perspective on what was going on in Jerusalem the day Jesus gave us the Great Commission. When Jesus told his disciples to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, Judea, Samaria, and the end of the earth were walking the streets of Jerusalem just as it is for us in our cities.
We have the challenge to be witnesses and disciple makers of the nations. The immigrants need help acclimating to their new home. This gives Christians the opportunity to show the love of Christ so we can share the good news of the gospel. Our challenge is to look around discovering where the world is in our world and be Christ to those who are new to our community.
Written by Jim Carpenter