“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8NIV
For forty days after Jesus’ resurrection, He spent time with His disciples and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5
Later when the disciples met with Jesus, they asked Him if He was going to restore the kingdom to Israel. He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. 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 1:7-8
Basically, Jesus was telling His disciples that they did not need to be concerned about dates or times, they only needed to be concerned about winning people into the kingdom. We have the same command: “Be my witnesses in Jerusalem, representing where you are, where you live; and in all Judea and Samaria, your entire state and neighboring states; and to the ends of the earth, the entire world, wherever there are humans. We are commanded to be witnesses and are equipped with the power to obey this command by the Holy Spirit.
I confess, I have not been the witness Jesus commands us to be. I want to be, but I often allow my timidity to take over and the words just won’t come out. Fear takes over and I miss the opportunity. It really all boils down to a lack of trust; not trusting the Lord to do what He said He would do, provide the power to be His witness. Maybe you have experienced the same kind of fear and timidity as I have. Fortunately, the Lord gives us second chances, and third, fourth, and fifth chances as well. He will give us other opportunities to be His witness. Let’s seize those chances and boldly proclaim Christ. Paul wrote to his son in the faith, Timothy, in 2 Timothy 6-7, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” When we put our faith in Jesus and follow Him, we receive the power of the Holy Spirit in us to help us. 1 John 4:18 reminds us that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”. Let Jesus’ perfect love drive out any fear you have and be His witness.
Lord, thank you for your Holy Spirit
that gives me the power to obey
your command to be your witness in
my community, my state, across my country
and to the ends of the earth.
Susan Sims Meyer
Thoughts and paintings from my personal quiet time and Bible study