(Acts 1:1-11) – The Acts of the Apostles.
I’m really excited to journey through this book. It’s an incredible set of accounts regarding the early history of the New Testament Church.
Written by Doctor Luke, this is the second part in a set of writings given to a man named Theophilus. The first part was the Gospel of Luke, written to the same man.
Luke is an amazing individual. He spent the major part of his ministry helping an Apostle (Paul) be all that he could be. He made sure he was as healthy as possible, ministered alongside him, and ensured that we could all read about the amazing things that God did through Paul and the other Apostles.
In addition to that, Luke wrote the most amount of New Testament Scripture (Paul wrote more books, but Luke’s writings have more content). The amazing part of this is that he did it all for ONE PERSON.
Luke’s life is defined by serving others. He expended so much time and energy just so that ONE person could know Jesus deeply.
How committed am I to that for others? Luke sets a great example.
The verses today recount the last portion of Jesus’ life, His last command to His disciples.
They were supposed to stay in Jerusalem and wait for God to do what He’d promised to do.
Sometimes God commands us to stop and sit and wait. (Psalm 46:10)
Jesus’ mission for these Apostles is the same for us. We are to be exemplary witnesses of Christ to a lost and dying world.
And we are to do that everywhere. Everywhere that there are people, there is an opportunity to minister.
And we don’t need to know everything about God’s plan. There ARE parts of God’s plan that are for us to know, but certain things are just for God to know.
We don’t need to focus on what God ISN’T telling us, we need to focus on what God IS telling us
And He wants us to get to work. We don’t know when He is returning, but He is coming back! While we have time to serve and minister, let’s do so with our whole heart!