"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

The Holy Spirit is a missionary. That is, fundamental to his work and presence in the world, is the task of Christian mission. You can see this in the fact of his presence in many of the bible's great commissions. So in Matthew's gospel in "the great commission," the disciples are told to go into the nations making disciples and as they do, they are told that Jesus will never leave or forsake them. This of course is on par with a promise of the Holy Spirit's presence. John in his gospel assures us of the Spirit's presence in his great commissioning in John 20:19-23. Earlier in John, Jesus tells us that it is the Spirit who convicts people of both their own personal sin and of the judgement to come. To him- the Spirit's presence is imperative to mission. Luke shares his great commission in Acts 1:8. In this example, the Spirit is promised as the fuel of mission. The believers are told that they will receive power and they will be witnesses to the nations. This promise is fulfilled soon after in Acts 2. The Spirit falls on the disciples and there are some strange manifestations- and Peter is asked for an explanation for these signs and he preaches the gospel and people are cut to the heart, repent and join the church.

Perhaps this is why Michael Frost lists- "listening to the Spirit," as one of the five practices of highly missional people. The Spirit is a missionary and we are the instruments of that mission. So give yourself to the discipline of "listening to the Spirit," with a missional ear. Ask the Spirit; what are you up to in the lives of friends and family who don't know Jesus? Listen and follow his leadings and promptings to show God's kindness, through blessing and hospitality directed toward those God has called you too. May the Spirit fuel a missionary zeal in us.

Grace and peace from Marcus

(Acts 1:8, Acts 4:23-31, Acts 9:31, Acts 13:1-3)