Promises, Promises

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

They could have asked him anything.  You see, by this time in Scripture, Jesus has died and risen again, and was in the presence of those who followed him.  Those faithful disciples–they could have asked him anything.  They could have asked what it was like to be dead.  They could have asked about the mysteries of heaven.  Even I have a few other choice things on my clipboard for Jesus to answer when I get there!

But their mind was still on their own problems.  Picking up the story in Acts chapter 1, verse 6, it says, “…when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Luca della Robbia 1400 – 1482

Luca della Robbia 1400 – 1482

To see the gifts of God, one must first begin by redefining power.  What has more power than a faithful witness to God’s redeeming love?

God of all powers, help us discern and find strength in our unique witness to you.  Amen.

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