Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 6, 2013

 “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. ”After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “WHY DO YOU STAND HERE LOOKING INTO THE SKY? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:7-11

This is a very familiar Scriptural reference and as important the first couple of verses are, I want to focus on the question posed by the angels, “Why are you standing here staring into the sky?” I would rephrase it like this, “What on earth are you doing?”

Good question, wouldn’t you say?

These disciples had just heard the direct and definitive words of the Risen Christ telling them to go and be witnesses but there they stood. No wonder the angels rebuked them!

So, how did they respond?

You will have to come to church this Sunday to find out!

But let me ask you, “What on earth are you doing in regard to witnessing and sharing the Gospel of Jesus?”

Are you regularly praying for the salvation of an unsaved friend or family member?

Intercessory prayer is a crucial element of changing your world!

Are you building redemptive relationships?

That person you see every morning at the convenience store where you buy your coffee. Do you know his name? Is he married? Does he have a family? Does he know your name?

You could be a world-changer just by taking an extra minute and intentionally getting to know that person you already see every day!

How about that waitress at the diner where you eat lunch each day? What's her name? What is her story? Do you know? You could! You should!

By simply taking the time and making an intentional effort your could earn they right to become a world-changer while doing what you already do every day!

What on earth are you doing with the opportunities your daily routine presents you with? Why on earth are you not using those interactions to build a redemptive relationship. You could possibly change their worlds by just slowing down a few seconds and caring for them.

What on earth are you doing for Heaven's sake?