DAY 35 RED LETTER CHALLENGE

After Jesus resurrection, He spent time with the disciples preparing them for a time when He would return to the Father in heaven. Jesus told the disciples He would not physically be with them much longer, but one would come after Him, who would give them power to live the Christian life. One who would give them power to share His love with others. 

Acts 1:8 NLT

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon 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.”
 

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He instructed the disciples to share His story with the world. It may seem like Jesus gave them an impossible task, IF, they had to accomplish it on their own. They didn’t! He promised the Holy Spirit would empower them to share the gospel message “The Good News” with the world. The disciples did just as Jesus instructed them to, as have many faithful believers who lived after them. We are believers today because of their obedience.  The disciples did their part, but they are no longer here! It’s now our privilege to continue the work that was started so long ago. We are now the ones Jesus calls to be witnesses to the world around us. The problem today is, far too many Christians don’t see themselves as witnesses for the Lord. We simply come to church,  listen to sermons and go about our lives not giving much thought to sharing the gospel. But, God wants us to go out into our world and be a witness for Him, wherever we are or wherever He sends us. 

You may think “what impact can I make?” I’m not a pastor; I don’t have what it takes to be a witness for God. You may think you are too young or too old, but God doesn’t set age limits on when we should start or stop being a witness for Him. I love Dr. Charles Stanley’s view on

Acts 1:8. 

“The question isn’t whether or not we are adequate to be His witnesses, but whether our hearts are willing. The Lord has promised the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish His purposes through our life, but if we won’t use His divine strength, then we waste opportunities for impact. Earthly responsibilities have a way of stealing our attention and limiting our obedience to the Lord. However, nothing in life is more important than doing the will of the Father.

Have duties and pleasures of this world lured you away from your responsibility to tell others about the Savior? Salvation is not just an experience to be enjoyed; it’s a gift to be shared. You don’t need a theology degree. Just tell what Jesus has done for you, and the Spirit will do the rest.” 

I heard a story once that Billy Graham was supposed to come to a particular city to preach a crusade and there was preacher there who didn’t want him to come. The preacher was just kind of liberal and he said, “We don’t want that man here in our city. Why, he will set evangelism back 50 years.” When Billy Graham heard that he said, “Well, I didn’t want to set evangelism back 50 years, I wanted to set it back 2000 years.” God’s plan for reaching the world is the same today as it was when Jesus walked with the disciples. It’s up to you and me to tell others what Jesus has done for us. If we are obedient and take advantage of the opportunities He gives us to share our story, the Holy Spirit will do the rest! And…. we will be blessed as we see our friends and family follow after Him.  

DAY 36 CHALLENGE

Think about your story. How you came to Christ and who invested in your life so that you could come to know him. Think about some of the times in your life where you saw God working and how you would share this. Pray that God will give you an opportunity to share your story with “the one.” As you spend time reflecting on what God has done for you, you will realize you really do have a story to tell! 


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