When Jesus began His mission, He trained the twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits and to cure illnesses. He also let them know that they had to fight the enemy in every step they took and that the real enemy was not poverty or injustice, but Satan.
The apostles did just as Jesus taught. They were also to proclaim,
“The kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Mat 10:7).”
Jesus instructed them not to go into pagan territory but rather to the lost sheep. He prepared them in a systematic way and groomed the ‘core’, so that they could slowly expand His work. Just before ascending into heaven He told them that they would be empowered by the Holy Spirit, who would be their guide. Their mission, which started in Jerusalem, moved on to Judea and Samaria and from there to the ends of the earth.
The same is applicable even today. We begin our renewal and evangelisation first within our families, then relatives, friends and so on. Having a committed core is crucial. Thus we work on our own relationship with Jesus, and bring in our immediate family to Him, so that we can become credible witnesses. He is choosing you and me, no matter how unworthy we may feel about ourselves. We only have to say, “Yes Lord”.
Go therefore and proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus, and make disciples of all the nations.
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