Here at Elim we are working our way through the book of Acts. Acts chapter 8 records the first time the gospel moved outside Jewish territory. It was Philip who breaks a centuries old taboo, as did Jesus (John 4) and Samaria accepts the good news about the Jewish Messiah. The gospel is moving into new territory. It is a reminder to me that God works beyond expected boundaries.
This is a great reminder for us as we carry on Jesus’ mission in our world. God’s plans have a way of stretching us at times. His plans and purposes have a way of getting us to think outside the box. His plans and purposes sometimes make us uncomfortable, challenging our thinking, our pre-conceived notions and ideas – helping us move beyond expected boundaries to territories and places and people that are totally unexpected. Philip went down to Samaria and proclaimed to them the gospel of grace. Yes, God works beyond expected boundaries.
Our journey through in Acts has taught us that it is the spirit’s power that stands behind and drives the witness of the church. The Spirit rules over the suffering of the church, rules over obstacles and problems and hindrances so that the church keeps its gospel driven witness.
What are some of our expected boundaries? What new territory does God want us to move into? What kinds of gospel driven works would not be expected here at Elim? Let us be open to what the Spirit wants and to be ready to be blown away by the rushing mighty wind.