The third stage in the to Christ – in Christ – for Christ vision is where the process comes full circle. At this point the person who has come to Christ is sent out and becomes His witness. The believer now has a ministry of his or her own. We can describe it as:
Sending and being sent for Christ as the Holy Spirit empowers us, according to Acts 1:8.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
From the example of the church in Antioch we can see how we work together with the Holy Spirit in sending people out to do the work of the ministry.
As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. – Acts 13:2-4 (NKJV)
The Holy Spirit called Barnabas and Saul to a specific work. The church then “sent them away” with fasting, prayer and the laying on of hands. Still, the two were “sent out by the Holy Spirit” and not just by the church.
May all our missionary endeavors be so well directed by His hand.