Acts 13:47- Bry and Lace

Hey everyone and welcome back to TGWAM! Thank you so much for coming back this week! I know it’s kind of strange the way we’re posting this week. First, we’re posting on a Saturday which isn’t either one of our normal posting days, and the way Bryanna and I are writing is different too. We’re doing a combined post. This means that I’m going to write half of the blog post and Bryanna will write the other half. Basically what you’d think it’d be. :,D
This week we will be writing on a verse that has kind of become our “theme verse”. Acts 13:47. This verse talks about our job as Christians; to reach the lost. Acts 13:47 says this, “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the Earth.”” Because Bryanna and I want to be missionaries, we thought this verse was pretty fitting for us.
Now, some of you may be thinking, “If I’m not called to be a missionary, then how can this be “my” verse too?” Acts 13:47 says, “For this is what the Lord has commanded us,”. It doesn’t say “what the Lord has commanded missionaries”, it doesn’t say “what the Lord has commanded preachers”, it doesn’t say “what the Lord has commanded worship leaders”, it says “what the Lord has commanded us”. That “us” means everyone who is a follower of Christ. It means everyone who seeks to fulfill His purpose and to please Him.
“Well, how can I spread the love of Jesus in my boring office as I’m staring at a computer for 8 hours?” Easy. When it’s 12 o’clock and you’re about to head out for lunch with a co-worker, offer to pay for their meal. If you’re just going by yourself to run through the drive through of Jack’s, McDonald’s, whatever, you could tell the employee that you want to pay for the person behind you. Simple things like that can bring the light of Christ to someone’s day.
Your version of reaching the “ends of the Earth” may even be within your household. If you have that feeling that your mom, dad, sister, brother, grandparent(s) don’t know Christ and you’re a Christian, it’s your job to tell them how He’s changed you and saved you from your sins so they can see His love and become a follower as well. Your version of reaching the “ends of the Earth” may be to send money to orphanages overseas or to bring items to pack O.C.C. (Operation Christmas Child) shoeboxes. Your version of reaching “the ends of the Earth” may literally mean going out into the ends of the Earth to show the world His love. You may be called to be a missionary. Don’t be scared to answer that calling. God will never ask you to do something you can’t handle.
Acts 13:47 is a verse that’s very special to Bryanna and I as we have been called to missions, but it really should be special to everyone. The fact that we’ve all been called to tell the world the good news of Christ, should make you feel excited to be a Christian. “We are called to reach the world and tell them about You.” -To You, Chapel <3.
Like Lacey said, Acts 13:47 is a verse that we have adopted to be our “theme verse” for this blog. Acts 13:47 reminds us that we are called to be a light. Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He demands that we must shine our light for him in everything that we do. Being a light isn’t always easy, and that’s something that Lacey and I can attest to. Sometimes being a light causes us to be an outcast. It allows us to be targeted and shamed for what we believe. A large scale example of persecution for being a light is that of the many Christians that have been recently targeted, tortured, and killed by radical Islamists in the Middle East. Although being a light isn’t always easy, it’s what God has called us to do. Sometimes being a light presents itself in different ways: cutting someone’s grass, visiting elderly people in the nursing home, or helping that kid with his math homework AGAIN. Some of these things are small acts of kindness that make a huge difference to someone who needs your help.
This verse extends so much further than just missionaries, preachers, and worship leaders. This verse extends to everyone who has given their life to Christ, because even if we don’t have the letters “Rev.” in front of our names, we should be passionate about reaching every lost soul we come in contact with. We should be jumping at the opportunity to be the light of Jesus. The calling of God on everyone’s life is different. Even for Lacey and I who both feel called to be missionaries, God’s calling on our life is different. However, God’s mission for everyone never changes. God’s mission for everyone is to go out into the world and make disciples. He commands each and every Christian to go to the corners of the Earth. Whether that means to go to Iraq or just to the grocery store down the road, God commands that we be a shining light everywhere we go.
Acts 13:47 is our theme verse. We believe that being a light to a dying world is the most important thing that any Christian can do. Sharing the love of Christ through simple works can sometimes mean more to a person than even a sermon. Showing people that we care about them is a necessary part of sharing Christ. We are called to go into the world and preach the Gospel. This isn’t an easy task, trust us, we understand completely. However, God will always give us the strength and words to say when he calls us to spread His love, no matter where we are.
Thanks for coming back to TGWAM this week. We’re so glad you guys could bear with us for this post. We love to try new things, and this is a learning curve for us as well, so we hope you enjoyed it! We are so thankful that you read what we have to say this week. We hope that you’ve had a blessed week, and that you have a great Sunday as we kick off another week of sweet summertime!
Missions Starts at Home,
Bry and Lace

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