Scripture: Acts 1:8 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.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Devotional: Jesus’ last words to His followers before He was taken in to heaven are powerful words. They gave mission to His disciples, and they give mission to us as His followers today.
You will be my witnesses…
Ever watch any of the Mission Impossible movies? If so, you’re familiar with the words that came, most recently to Ethan Hunt: “your mission, if you choose to accept it…”. These words would precede the impossible mission that was given to the secret agent. And then, of course, the message would self-destruct.
Well, Jesus didn’t self-destruct, but He did leave us with a mission- not an impossible one, but one that can only be done in His power, the power of the Holy Spirit.
In essence, our mission is to carry on Jesus’ mission; to be witnesses of what He did and came to do. And at the heart of that mission is mercy. Jesus came to extend God’s mercy and love, and we are given that same mission; to be agents of mercy.
This week’s devotions will center around this mission of mercy; that is, your mission should you choose to accept it.
- What do you think Jesus meant when He said “you will be my witnesses...”?
- In what ways have you been His witness?