“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.” (Acts 1:8)
Today we begin a new series going through the Book of Acts. Acts was written by Luke (the same guy who wrote the Gospel According to Luke) as a ‘sequel’. He wrote Acts to follow the story of the disciples (the closest followers of Jesus) and the growth of the Church after Jesus returned to Heaven after His Resurrection.
We are going through Acts chapter by chapter to hear the stories of the disciples & the Church to learn from them how we can share the Gospel in our lives. From ordinary men and women God built the Church. These men and women were not famous already. They were like you & me, people who loved Jesus and follow Him wherever He leads them.
Each week read the next chapter of Acts. So for this week, read Acts 1. You can read it each day and see what jumps out at you for that day. Write it down in your journal. If you want you can use the YouVersion Bible App to read the chapter in different versions. I recommend: New International Version (NIV 2011), English Standard Version, New Living Translation, The Message.
Spend quality time with each chapter. Let the Holy Spirit teach what God has to say in each chapter. You can even choose a verse each week to memorize. By the end of the series you will have 28 verses memorized.
Now to the 1st chapter of Acts: Here we see Jesus spend some final moments with His followers before He ascends to Heaven. He tells them to wait in Jerusalem until the Helper (aka the Holy Spirit) comes to empower them to go out into the world sharing the Gospel.
Today Jesus gives us the same instructions to receive the Holy Spirit and then go out into our whole lives sharing the Gospel. It does feel daunting but it does not need to be. Focus on the day ahead of you. Look to the people already in your life. God will show you opportunities of where you can share with people already.
As you follow Jesus you are not left alone to figure out life on your own. No need to fear. God gives you the Holy Spirit to give you the courage to go out and the words to share in conversation. You are not alone.
In your devotions this week think about the reasons you love Jesus. What difference has Jesus made in you and your life? Write it all down in your journal. Then craft what you wrote into 1 sentence. Make it a sentence that is easy to remember. One that sounds natural as you say it to someone else. Let it be a succinct way for you to share why you love Jesus.
As Jesus promised the disciples that they will receive the Holy Spirit so that they can go out as witnesses of Jesus in the world. They knew Jesus. They saw how He lived and interacted with others. They were to simply go out and share their experiences with Him to the world. Us today have our own relationships with Jesus. We have our own stories to share about Him. That is what we are asked to do. Share why we love Jesus.
So go about your day, your week and as the opportunities arise tell someone in 1 sentence why you love Jesus. Then see how God guides the conversation from there.
This Week’s Challenge
Write down in 1 sentence what you want someone to know about Jesus. What is 1 thing this week you will do to live this out?