Evidence of the Spirit

Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Acts 1:1-11

The final words of our resurrected Lord to his followers couldn’t have been more direct: “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Christians call this Jesus’ Great Commission. It isn’t an option. It’s the Lord’s command. Christians are obliged to proclaim the gospel. Christ’s sacrificial suffering and resurrection are extraordinary gifts of God’s grace. We should cherish and share them. We experience great joy when we do so.

Being a witness is a sign of the Spirit’s work in us. A lack of interest in witness and the Great Commission indicates a lack of experience with the Holy Spirit himself. We may exhibit an outward show of godliness, but we limit God’s power because we fail to carry out our mission to bear witness. This is the disturbing condition of many churches and individuals today-their witness is weak, timid or almost non-existent.

Acts recounts the early Christians’ response to Jesus’ commission. This reminder is vital information for believers and congregations today. It starts with a commitment to obey.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, fill us with your Spirit; help my church and me to obey your Great Commission.