Tuesday Re-mix –
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6
“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.” Acts 1:8
For both churches and individuals, there is a difference between a good-sized vision and a God-sized vision. Which do you have? Great story about this in Acts 1.
I am thinking this had to be a disturbing and frightening scenario for the disciples who, for almost three years, had awakened each morning and simply allowed Jesus to set the agenda for the day. The only thing he asked of them was that they follow him. It was an easy arrangement, one that led them through amazing and miraculous moments and obviously changed them forever. Now, Jesus was leaving them and telling them “you guys take it from here…go and do this ministry!”
With this, the most significant revolution this world has ever known or will ever know was begun. The church was born. Your local body of believers and my local body of believers (and every local church around the world) all call ourselves followers…soldiers in this revolution. But the question this passage raises in my mind is this: am I an Acts 1:6 follower or an Acts 1:8 follower? Additionally, which is my church?
These disciples had an impressive vision…one found in scripture and supported by nothing short of a promise from God: they envisioned an Israel no longer under Rome’s thumb nor its puppet governors…an Israel who once again was on top of the world, boasting strength and numbers and the support of the sovereign …