In Acts 1:8 we are promised Holy Spirit power to carry the message of what Jesus has done for us — on the cross and through His resurrection — from our neighbors and out to the ends of the earth.
The command that we are to continue sharing Jesus’ love across the world until ALL have heard…is not finished. It is about sharing a love so powerful that it is capable of transforming the darkest, bleakest outlook of mind, heart, soul. A transformation that is so complete that it transcends the very essence of the soul of humankind.
It is Victor Hugo who said in Les Miserables “If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness.” We have the means to light up screens around the world with the gospel. We are responsible for making Jesus´ love known everywhere. Once that love is known, the people in darkness experience the transformational power of Jesus’ love. A love that is so intense, it shines through the walls of darkness and lights up their lives! However, if we do nothing, then we are contributing to the darkness.
It can be overwhelming to consider the ramifications of a global mission, but the world is getting smaller. We have the capability of bouncing signals at lighting fast speeds around the globe. We even download these signals and hold them in the palm of our hands. This makes the world seem smaller yet. A world where the population is over 7 billion people and number of cell phone users is roughly 4.68 billion in the year 2019. But in the end, who cares about numbers and statistical models.(https://www.statista.com/statistics/274774/forecast-of-mobile-phone-users-worldwide/)
Who is in your world? Your neighbor, your community, and your missionary you are sending out? What we need to realize is that we need to better define our world and how we are serving the people in our world.
Here at IMM, we have been sent to serve those trapped in the darkness. We are doing that by preparing to launch the second season of the Heritage Project. Stories like Cyprian and Perpetua that we make into movies. HIStories designed to light up screens and lift up the name of Jesus. These movie projects are converted into signals. These signals are sent around the globe. Across networks of satellites, computers, and cell phones.
Ever hear of the story of the martyr Cyprian?
SPOILER ALERT…he dies.
Cyprian served the people around him. Even in a time when the people in his neighborhood were hiding behind their walls. He refused to deny Christ and was used by the Holy Spirit to give his life as a witness. In doing that, he proclaimed the love of Jesus Christ to his section of the world.
That is why we are here at IMM. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the love of Jesus on EVERY SCREEN. Even though not all our neighbors are across the street. They may be thousands of miles away. Hidden behind the invisible walls of fearful religious and political ideologies. Living in places where missionaries are not allowed to go beyond those walls. But there is good news, the signals that we are sending out to light up screens around the world carry the love of Jesus in them. They are empowered by the Holy Spirit and speak into the lives of people, setting them free. Even when walls that have been put to trap them in darkness. We are willing to give our lives, so that the SIGNALS are heard and seen around the world.
But I am left to wonder…how about you?
Are you willing to help us do what it takes to fulfill Acts 1:8?