August 1, 2017
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
For about a year now, the phrase “be global” has been ringing in my head. I haven’t been able to put a finger on precisely what is meant by “be global” yet. But it has been constant enough in my head that I believe God wants to do something huge within me that somehow changing me to “be global”.
Last week, as I co-led a group of eight us to the Dominican Republic, the phrase got louder. We mixed tons of concrete to rebuild a floor in the lunchroom at a local school/church. We cleared an entire coffee field of its weeds with machetes, hoes, and rakes. And we led daily devotions for the students and staff of Caribbean Mountain Academy.
I heard members of our church preach the gospel, in word and action. I saw them sweat under the 90-degree sun to bring glory to God. I heard their vulnerability as they processed the beauty and challenge of another culture. And we got to see the good work and ministries of Bri VanDyk, one of Harbor Churches missionaries.
We worshiped at a little Spanish speaking Dominican church. We didn’t understand all of the words, but we understood the spirit of worship. We saw parents watch their kids dance during the service. We heard the church members say “amen” when the pastor made a powerful point.
As I reflect on the Bible verse at the top of this blog, I am beginning to think that “be global” Means to see my faith and our faith as something to be shared globally while we live locally. What if we treated “home” with as much passion for reaching the lost as we do overseas? And what if we treated different cultures, near and far, as a new way to see the image of God?
What could the world look like if we all decided to “be global” right where God has placed us?