9th – 10th
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus said a lot of things to His disciples throughout His lifetime, but these words here in Acts, the final before His ascension, are arguably the most significant words He ever said to them. First, He spoke of the imminent baptism of the Holy Spirit, which would in fact change the dynamics of ‘evangelism’, then, He told them how the gospel would be spread across the world.
The most significant thing in sharing God’s word with others is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads us, guides us, reveals God’s plan for ours and others lives and equips us with the tools (Spiritual gifts) to share Jesus with others. Well what do we share about Jesus? Answer: Everything. Jesus came and showed us how to live, He showed us God on earth and His teachings changed and continues to change the world. His wisdom, His love, His grace, His teachings and His life are a ‘prototype’ for our lives and an example we have to follow and teach others to follow too. Jesus’ own commission to the disciples was that they were to share about Him to everyone, everywhere.
Because of the above reasons, many today and in the past have committed to serving Jesus, following His teachings and making Him their God. The Holy Spirit’s power in equipping people with the tools to share about Jesus with others is as real today as it was on the day of pentecost. Many have been saved but there are still many more people in the world who need to hear about Jesus. May Jesus’ prayer be for you today .. . . .’Go and share Jesus with others: Be empowered by the Holy Spirit.’