MONDAY, AUGUST 2
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (ESV)
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
Years ago, the U.S. Postal Service, in a surprise audit, discovered that some local managers temporarily stashed unprocessed mail in parked trailers. This was so the supervisors wouldn’t notice the letters and packages had been delayed. Auditors found millions of pieces of undelivered mail, including 2.3 million bulk-business letters, some of which were delayed nine days, and 800,000 first-class letters, which had been held for three days.(Jim Wilson, Time Magazine)
Jesus left the church with a mission of delivering His message to the world. Occasionally, we as the church, are slow in getting the message delivered. Dr. Howard Hendricks adds that “It’s not, ‘You are going to be witnesses and then receive power,’ but the other way around: ‘You are going to receive power, the result of which is, you are going to be witnesses.’”(Living by the Book) Sharing the message of salvation was intended to be the natural outflow of a relationship with Jesus.
A witness is one who gives testimony to an event, person or circumstance. So a witness is one who has seen something, experienced something, heard something. What have you witnessed Jesus do in your life? Who have you shared that story with lately? Who have you delayed sharing your story with?
Thank God for the transformation the gospel has brought about in your life. Praise Jesus for the opportunities you have to share that good news with others.