In church yesterday, our pastor spoke about mission. Not only as in mission trips, local outreach, etc., though the message encompassed those things, but in a much larger sense. The pastor cited Acts 1:1-11; the event of Jesus’ ascension into heaven, to make the point that the restoration of God’s Kingdom was not a political or military event, but a responsibility (mission) that we all must undertake with the help of the Holy Spirit to bring the Gospel to individuals, towns, cities and nations.
The command was to his disciples, but it was really to all of us. This is daunting to many, myself included. We might ask, “What makes me qualified to do this?” or “What gives me the right to impose my religious views on others?”. As pastor pointed out, God (Jesus) constantly and intentionally uses imperfect vehicles to accomplish His purposes, in this case His primary purpose of restoring His Creation (Kingdom). Jesus explicitly gave His authority to the disciples to carry out this mission, despite their well-documented flaws – and He does the same to/for us.
Many of us ask ourselves, our friends, families or counselors, “Why am I here?”, “What is my purpose.” Pastor astutely cited verse 8 in Acts 1 in response to such questions. Jesus told his disciples that, “…you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” If you’re a Christian, this is why you’re here; it’s you’re purpose. If you’re not and like most people, you are looking for your purpose, pick up the Bible today (you may want to start with Acts 1).
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