“But 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
Jesus is alive! The disciples witnessed His resurrection and as Acts 1:3 explains, Jesus “showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.”
He is alive but He was leaving; however, Jesus was not leaving them alone and without purpose. Instead, Jesus commanded them not to leave Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit. With His power, you will become His witnesses – to the ends of the earth.
As believers, we need the Spirit of God to help us understand Scripture, lead us into all truth, comfort us in our trials, help us overcome fear, and give us strength in our weakness. However, the Holy Spirit isn’t there just so we could survive the Christian life and trudge through to the finish line. He is here to help us thrive!
God gave us the Holy Spirit to empower us to be His witnesses – to share His love, proclaim His name, His character, and His mighty deeds to a world that needs a Savior. The declaration to be His witnesses was the last thing Jesus said before “…he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” (Acts 1:9)
This morning, ask yourself this: why do you want to be empowered by the Spirit of God? Are you willing to be empowered by the Spirit to be Jesus’ witness?
Thank you Jesus that you are alive! Fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit. Empower me to be Your witness. Lead me to those who need you. Give me love, words, and opportunities to share what You have done for me with those who need You.
Read the Book of Acts and look for the ways the Spirit of God empowers and leads people as they walk with Him. Journal your insights. Listen for what the Lord is saying to you. Surrender to the Spirit’s leading.
Telling people about Jesus might be easier than you think! Check out the Share This! Series for ideas on how to evangelize.