As a follower of Jesus, each one of us has a special role and responsibility to share His gospel with others. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming when we think about the great need in our world. Or maybe it is motivating to you in knowing that so many people get to hear about Christ?

As we look as the Great Commission, people often forget to go to Acts 1:8 as a guide to fulfilling it. What did Jesus mean when He said, “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth?”

Before being taken up into heaven, Jesus had a commissioning of His disciples. This is found in Matthew 28:19-20. However, when Paul is recounting the events that occurred, he too shares about this moment in Acts 1.

Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

Jesus’ final message to His followers was for them to go and tell others about Him. They are to stay in Jerusalem and receive the Holy Spirit before going anywhere. This reminds us that in our own power, we can never truly accomplish anything of spiritual significance. It is only by the grace of the Holy Spirit’s work through us. It is humbling when we realize that we have nothing to offer God, but He still chooses to use us for His kingdom purposes when we say yes to Him.