Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
God promises them that they shall receive power because He will send the Holy Spirit on them. Then He says that they will be witnesses to the entire world.
The sad part of this story is that the Holy Spirit did come on them in power but the particular individuals that received this great promise didn’t take the responsibility that came with it very seriously.
They were blessed with His power. They did tell all in their city. They had to be pushed hard to even think of leaving the city of Jerusalem. Acts 8:1.
God finally raises up the church of Antioch to take the gospel to the world. Jerusalem comes under persecution and gets in severe financial trouble. Then they gradually drop from the scene as the main church that God is using.
There is a lesson here for us! God has blessed us with many spiritual blessings. He has given Vision everything that we have needed now for over 3 years. He has poured out His blessings on us. We have seen many people saved. We have sent out missionaries. We have given multiplied thousands of dollars to evangelize the world BUT.
We could lose the blessing if we forget why He gave us the power of the Holy Spirit and all these blessings. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are to be witnesses from where we are to the end of the world.
Do you seek to share your faith with your family, friends, neighbors, and strangers? Do you pray that the gospel will get to the world and that He will send forth laborers to His harvest? Do you take seriously the purpose that the Lord Jesus has for us as a church? Do you take seriously the purpose God has for your life?
I do not want to see Him pass us by to use others in our place! I do not want Him to pass me by to use someone else to fulfill His purpose because I will not!