Have you ever muttered those famous last words, “This should only take a minute,” only to have the exact opposite occur? I can only imagine that is how the disciples must have felt after Easter. Regardless of whether they were anticipating the destruction of Rome while Jesus was alive or His funeral service after His death, their mindset would have been anticipating the completion of these ACTs in their lifetime. Even after Jesus’ resurrection, their language and actions indicated they anticipated Christ’s return at any moment. Now, 2000 years later we can safely say the job was a bit larger than they anticipated!
On other occasions we don’t ACT at all because we are afraid it will become a bigger task than it needs to be. I remember the joke about people not wanting to serve on a church committee because once you were on you could never get off! (Or maybe that wasn’t a joke).
During the season after Easter we will be walking through the book of ACTS to see how the disciples responded to their tasks, to the calling God had for them, to be disciples that made more disciples. We will consider their ACTions that continue to bring results even today, 2000 years later. We will explore that what those first disciples did still inspires and models for us a proper response to God’s call to ACT.
Don’t have time? Too much to do? Too scared of the results? Fear not, for God is with you just as He was with them! Afraid the job will become bigger than you can handle? Perfect! It is only when the Job becomes too big for you that you realize you aren’t ACTing alone but rather, God is with you. When I say God, I mean the Almighty God, the all-powerful, always present, all knowing, holy, righteous, perfect, unchanging, eternal, merciful, good, loving God! This same God who could be anywhere and do anything chooses to dwell within believers and guard our heart and minds. He chooses to ACT through us to make His love known to the world. Don’t think you are worthy? That is exactly why God chose you and gives you His power. He makes you worthy through the saving ACT of Jesus Christ on the cross.
While we walk through the book of ACTS we will explore what and how this all worked during the time of the first disciples. We will see how and when God fulfils His promises then, so we can be empowered in our own faith and actions now! We will do it all by the power and for the glory of our Risen Lord and King! “But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:39.
His Service and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss