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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

spheres of influence

At our annual church family retreat last weekend, we studied Acts 1:8 and Jesus’ promise that believers will receive the Holy Spirit and be empowered to be witnesses “in Jerusalem… in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

We explored what this means personally. Each of us has “spheres of influence” – our own mission fields that God calls us into. This graphic shows a few of these and the expanding circles of influence radiating out from ourselves to those nearest (Jerusalem) to further away, but sharing some commonalities (Judea/Samaria), to the furthest reaches of influence (remotest part).

What are your spheres of influence? …the golf course? … the YMCA? … your children or grandchildren? … ‘virtual’ friends on the Internet? Consider who you are closest to and how God would have you shine Christ’s light in those relationships. Seek those who are further out from you, but with whom you share interests. Ask God to use you for His purposes. And tell me what happens!

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