Empowered for mission
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord,will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 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.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11
Mission is one of the greatest privileges of walking with Jesus! How so? Mission is the passion of God’s heart. He loves people. He made people to show His love to them. The last words that Jesus spoke to His disciples on earth were about mission.
Poverty and abuse breaks Gods heart. God’s heart is moved by the spiritual plight of those who don’t know Him. He looks with great compassion on lost people - he is so merciful, and longs for their salvation. He loved you and I when we were lost.
God’s passion is people - those made in his image. And when God calls us into salvation, into relationship with Him, He also draws us into His mission to reach others with His love. We can quickly write ourselves off when it comes to mission: I don’t have the right personality, I don’t know the answers to difficult questions, I don’t feel equipped…
Jesus told his ragtag bunch of disciples that they would need power for the mission. He told them to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to fall on them. Once that happened, he told them, they would have power to tell others about God’s love for them.
And when the Holy Spirit did fall on them God’s love and salvation exploded onto the streets of Jerusalem. Nothing could halt the daily joy of more people repenting and turning to Jesus.
To be involved in God’s mission requires God’s power. Don’t be fooled into thinking that mission is about personality. Neither do you need to know all the answers to life’s most difficult questions. Mission is about introducing people to the love of God by the power of the Spirit. Jesus said it: "you will receive power from on high to be witnesses".
It is easy to put the Holy Spirit in a box - expecting only to see His activity in church meetings. But the Holy Spirit wants to break out into our work places, our homes, our random conversations.
So as you pray today take a step into the unknown: ask the Holy Spirit to move through you. Ask Him to empower you with boldness. Ask Him to give you words to speak. Ask Him to give you compassion and love for someone today. Let the Spirit guide you into God’s mission in your own workplace today!
Lord, I want your love to change people whom I interact with everyday. I don’t want what you’ve given to me to remain hidden. I want Your love to be on display. Would you give me the Holy Spirit today? Would you give me boldness to speak? Would you give me courage to act? Lord, make me a conduit of your love to someone who doesn’t know you today.