What Now?: The Mission

“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.” (Acts 1:8)

The questions had been hanging in the air for 40 days: “We believe you are the Messiah. We’ve been following you, learning from you, for three years. We saw your die and return to life; we know you are the Son of God. We know this changes everything forever.”

“Now what?”

Jesus finally gives his disciples their mission right before disappearing into the sky. 1) You will receive the power of God. 2) You will tell my story here, there, and everywhere.

You and I have a similar mission to represent Christ in every corner of our world. We need the power of God to do it, and the day-to-day details aren’t the same for each of us. But there is an answer to “now what?” for us: Use God’s power to let everyone you know see Christ in you, how he has made it possible for you to be forgiven and become God’s child with a brand new purpose and future.

Think: How would you describe God’s purpose for your life between now and when you go to heaven? How much responsibility have you taken to be his witness in your world?

Pray: As a Christian, thank God for the power of the Holy Spirit to be Jesus’ witness in every corner of your world.

Do: Read Matthew’s last recorded words of Jesus to the disciples in Matthew 28:16-20.