“Cover the Earth”

This Weeks Meditation:  “Cover the Earth”
Read: Acts 10:9-23

In a recent article by Steven Furtick on churchleaders.com I noticed a quote that got me thinking about Peter’s vision in Acts 10.  Steven wrote, “If Mark Zuckerberg can build Facebook for his own glory, what will we as the church build for the glory of God? If Oprah can start a network to cover the Earth with Oprah, why shouldn’t we use every resource at our disposal to cover the Earth with the name of Jesus?”

Now, I’m not sure what the motives of Mark or Oprah actually were or are, but the point Steven is trying to make is that we as God’s people should be doing creative things to cover the earth with Jesus. (I might also note that many creative things are already happening)

In Acts 10 Peter has this vision of a large sheet being let down to earth with all kinds of animals.  The message that God is trying to get across to Peter is that his vision for ministry needs to be expanded beyond the Jewish people.  In essence, God is preparing him for the call to go to Cornelius’ house and beyond with the gospel message. (Acts 10:24-48)

In the Body of Christ we have many people who are very gifted, creative, passionate, and talented. God has made us that way.  The question we must ask ourselves is, “What does God want me to do with those things?”  Each person has something to offer when it comes to covering the earth with Jesus.

At first that sounds like a huge undertaking, but when you consider each Christian using their own gift for the kingdom of God in some way it soon multiplies into something that covers that earth for the Glory of God. (I’ll refrain some starting to sing “it only takes a spark” at this point)

Yes, Mark and Oprah have gained a lot of money and recognition for covering the earth with their media and internet creations.  Let’s not judge them for their success, instead let’s ask ourselves how we can accomplish that kind of reach for the life changing message of Jesus Christ.

When Peter got to Cornelius’ house he realized what God was doing. In verse 34 he said, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”  From there the book of Acts begins to cover the earth with the message of Jesus.  Let’s join in!

Make it personal:  Hopefully all of us are using our gifts for the Lord already, but during your prayer time today ask God to expand your vision of what it means to cover the earth with Jesus for his glory.  Remember, Facebook started as a small undertaking on the campus of Harvard and look at it now.  You never know!

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church