When I read about the early church in the book of Acts, I am always amazed and excited about the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of such ordinary men and women.
In my life time, I have caught glimpses of the Holy Spirit working in this amazing way, but I long to see it, like I read it in Acts. Ordinary men and women totally changed their lives and world in the span of one generation, all because of the vision of Jesus and the filling of the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 1:8 Jesus tells His disciples, “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.”
The really cool thing about what Jesus is saying us in this verse, is that it is both a promise and a command. There is the promise of the Holy Spirit and the command to be His witnesses.
It starts with “you will”, not “you might, but “you will!” Jesus is saying: You – ordinary will be – extraordinary. And what Jesus said became reality. We are the testimony that shouts out to the world: “Jesus Was Right, Because Here I Am!”
Now, here is the big question that you and I have to answer – “WILL WE?” Do you believe that when Jesus said in Acts 1:8 “you will”, that He was talking to you and me? I believe He was and if you believe the same thing, then that brings you to another question.
How will you live out the reality of Acts 1:8 in the world, time and space that you are living in right now? This is a question worth asking and worth answering, so take a little time, think it through and let the Holy Spirit guide and grow you!