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No “Place” Distinction
“You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” - Acts 11:3
I’m convinced the Holy Spirit prompts us toward specific encounters that both stretch and strengthen our journey. Every Monday our staff and ministry partners gather to pray and share stories of how we see Jesus moving. The last few Mondays in particular, I’ve heard stories about staff being prompted to visit places they do not. What ensued were stories about “chance” encounters and subsequent conversations about Jesus.
Not too long ago (April) we as a church family were challenged with Witness3; pray for three specific people, go to three specific places you don’t normally go, invite three people to Easter Sunday or to a Sunday service. We heard hundreds of stories about encounters and conversations that came from our church family looking for opportunities and responding to promptings. Although the emphasis of this challenge may be gone, the encumbrance remains.
As I follow Peter’s journey through the book of Acts, it’s abundantly clear that the Holy Spirit shatters the distinctions we as believers create in our daily lives. Peter’s account to the Jerusalem church gives witness to the barrier breaching message of Jesus.
“And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.” Acts 11:12
Specifically, the good news of Jesus supersedes all people and places.
“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.” Acts 11:15
As you go about your day today, pay attention to the promptings of the Holy Spirit; the people or places you are to visit. If you do this, I’m confident there will be a story to tell.