Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Tell me something. Are your prayers more accurate now than when you were first born again? If you’re in the five-fold ministry, do you improve your ministry over time? If you’re a musician or involved in leadership of praise, do you improve at that ministry over time and with practice? Of course, the answer to each of these questions should be a resounding “YES!” If the answer is “no,” then repent, and do your first works over. God deserves more from you than that. We should seek to ALWAYS improve in our walk with Him in every arena.
In the Gospels, we read about two different draughts of fish. In the first one, Jesus said to “let down your nets,” their nets were filled, and they broke under the load. They started where they were; in their Jerusalem. This is a type and shadow of the Old Covenant. It was a good covenant, but not as good as the New Covenant, and could not contain all that swam into their nets.
But God does not want us to just reach out to the people in our own town/community. He had sent us into the “uttermost part of the earth.” At the second draught of fish, Jesus told them to “cast your nets.” Once again the nets were filled, but this time they lost none. This is a type and shadow of the New Covenant. It is a better covenant than the Old Covenant, and it was not to the Jews only, but to “whosever will.” And while some may find a way to get out of the net, you will not lose fish that are caught because the net broke. Note, too, that I the second draught, the net was “cast,” not “lowered.” In the New Covenant is the ability to reach that which is beyond your personal grasp. The Jews did not send forth missionaries to reach the world. On the other hand, that is one of the prime directives of the church. And that is one of the great tools we have for reaching the world. Not everyone can travel to the Russian states, European nations, African nations, nations of the South Pacific, or to Mexico, Central or South American nations. BUT…BUT…BUT EVERYONE can pray for all those nations, and everyone can be a part of sending forth men and women of God for the work to which the Lord has called them. I don’t know of anyone who knows every person God has sent forth, but most of us know someone. Partner with them. God will direct you in that. Pray for them. Support them financially. Receive them as vessels of God and be a part of their harvesting work.
Manna for Today – Acts 1:6-11; Luke 5:1-11; John 21:1-14; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21