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Acts 11:19-26
Psalm 87:1-7
John 10:22-30

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"Some men of Cyprus and Cyrene among them who had come to Antioch began to talk even to the Greeks, announcing the good news of the Lord Jesus to them." —Acts 11:20

One of the most significant events in the history of the human race was the conversion to Jesus by a great number of Gentiles from Antioch. The church of Antioch became the base for the missionary journeys of Paul and Barnabas and for the evangelization of the world. This momentous conversion of Antioch was not started by Peter, Paul, or Barnabas but by some unnamed Christians from Cyprus and Cyrene (Acts 11:20).

This has been a pattern throughout the history of the Church. Many of the most significant events in God's plan of salvation have been initiated not by the bishops, pastors, or official Church leaders but by simple, unknown Christians who have let themselves be used by the Holy Spirit in sharing their faith. These obscure Christians, who have given the few loaves and fish of their lives to Jesus, have seen Him multiply their lives to evangelize the masses and transform the world.

So, brothers and sisters, tell that co-worker, neighbor, relative, friend, or enemy about the love of Jesus. Speak simply from your heart. Don't be ashamed of the gospel (Rm 1:16). You may be converting a Saul or even an Antioch. Believe that your witness for Jesus will do more than you ever asked or imagined (see Eph 3:20).

Prayer:  Jesus, I give You all my money, time, energy, and activities so You can multiply the significance of my life.

Promise:  "My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me." —Jn 10:27

Praise:  It is when Sharon speaks of how God has worked in her life that her CCD class is most attentive.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our series of tapes on Evangelization on audio AV 55-1, AV 55-3 or video V-55.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 9, 2009

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