“Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among the Jews.” Acts 11:19.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Exodus 37-38, Psalm 19, and Acts 11.
Many of the believers in Jerusalem couldn’t stay there any longer. Why? Testifying about Jesus had produced a death sentence for someone they knew, Stephen.
That “scattering” was God directed. How so? The new converts in Jerusalem were expecting that Jesus would return there soon and they wanted to stay in Jerusalem and see it happen.
God had other plans. He needed the new converts to spread the word about Jesus to other parts of the known world. And that is what they did.
When Jesus returns it will be a worldwide event. I won’t miss it because I’m in the United States and He appears somewhere else. Everyone will know of His arrival.
Therefore, where I am is where He has “scattered” me to. I am in the midst of those who are unfamiliar with Jesus. They have heard of Him but have not connected that knowledge to the need of a life change. They need to be told. The frontline for me is wherever I am, or will be, in this day.
There is no “down” time for the believer. We are 24/7 representatives of Him.
To rightly represent Him I must be overwhelmed with Him. I must realize Who He is and who I am. A casual relationship to Him won’t cut it. I will be a fraud and misrepresent Him. My words will be my words, not His.
“Lord, I am where I am because You have put me here. My plea is to rightly represent You full-time. Take my life over. Reveal, and toss out, the sludge that hinders my attempt to rightly represent You. I want to be great at representing You, certainly not to bring praise to me but to You the One I love. Equipment me. Correct me. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
When you come home from church you are in a sense scattered to tell others of Him. Are you doing it?