Scripture: Acts 1.
(What is God saying here?)
Acts 1:7-8 (NLT)
7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Luke sharing in this first chapter of his book (Acts) reminds us of the events that surrounded Jesus’ time with His disciples just prior to His ascension. I found this interesting, as the disciples were just like us, we always want to know more about something. Jesus told the disciples basically that since this (the return of Jesus) is out of your control, don’t even worry about it. Instead, you (the disciples) will receive all that you need (the Holy Spirit), so take advantage of that and be about my work. I see no ways that we are any different today. Upon our conversion (acceptance of Jesus as Lord of our life), we too were empowered with the Holy Spirit. Our jobs are to be about the work of spreading the gospel both locally and abroad. We must be careful to not fall into the same trap of the disciples and get side tracked. Each of us are called to share the news about the greatest thing that has happened to us, the good news of Jesus and His love for each and every one. Let’s not hide this miracle from our friends; we want them to be a part of this life changing, eternal transformation also!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, we are often so timid when it comes to sharing our faith. However, if anything else good happens to us we can easily blast it out to the world. Please let us love our friends and neighbors enough to share the life-changing effects of accepting You as Lord, following in Your footsteps and allowing You to guide, protect and love us each and every day. By far, having You rule my life has been the most awesome event in my life. This is worth sharing this with my friends, as I want the very best for them also. Please grant me the boldness and determination to do that today!
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