Think Global. Act Local.
With all of the conflict in the world today God is mobilizing His people. From conflict in the Middle-East to economic crisis at home, it is often hard to find peace. God is calling His people to be the difference and to make a change. Acts 1:8 tells us, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The frustration of not knowing what to do often impedes God’s plans. The first part of the scripture tells us that, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” So we are filled with power. The most motivating part is that not by our power or our might is the witnessing accomplished, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is alive inside of us, we have the power.
To correlate the second part of the scripture to American Christians, Jerusalem would be like our home town or our local venue. We are instructed by this scripture to take care of our home territory first. As a church we need to be community oriented and focused on taking action locally. Whether it is by financially supporting local ministries or volunteering at local food banks, God calls us to act locally first.
Second he comments on being a witness in Judah, which could be compared to our state. We start locally, at our home town and then progress higher to the state level. What can we do on a state level? God has given us the resources to make a difference on many levels; but we must take action. We could consider writing our state representative from our district or lobbying at the Statehouse.
Also the scripture informs the disciples to be witnesses in Samaria, which could be compared to the remainder of America. God calls us to be witnesses to the rest of our country. One way we can make a difference is by writing our own representatives and senators. Or perhaps we could give willingly to organizations that are actively making a difference. One of the most influential ways we can be a witness to the rest of America is by the actions of our State. If our State upholds moral laws that other states are purging, we will continue to be a light in the midst of darkness. It is imperative that we take action on a local level first, to be the witness on a national level. If we take action at home it will influence the whole nation.
Lastly the scripture tells us to be a witness to the end of the earth. God is calling us to spread the gospel to the world. We can do this by donating funds to missionaries or going ourselves. A third aspect that is often overlooked is prayer. Praying for local, state, national, and world leaders is necessary by all Christians. It is time to stop thinking about making a difference and time to start being the difference. Our actions on a local level directly affect the results on a national scale. Think Globally. . .Act Locally!