In last Sunday's message, Pastor Dave challenged us with the implications and reverberations of the resurrection of Jesus in the new series "Making Waves, Part 1: Accepting the Commission." His message got me to thinking about how if anything in the world has implications and reverberations, it is the resurrection of Jesus. This one event is so huge, so cosmic, that if believed - it must be lived. It demands follow-up.
So it is that the crucified, resurrected, and living Jesus, called His remaining eleven disciples together and said to them, “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). Some things have to be shared, and that Jesus is alive is one of them. These first disciples accepted the call and went out into their world, unashamedly proclaiming the fact of Jesus, the redemption of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit in human lives.
These Spirit-filled people started making waves that changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and pushed out into the coming centuries. They lifted up Christ wherever they went, so much so that 2000 years later the living Christ still shakes the foundations of life and resurrects people of every race, creed, color, and condition to the abundant life made possible by God, who loves us all with an everlasting love!
Today, two millennia later the baton has been handed to us. The commission is given to us. As Pastor Dave paraphrased in his message, “Your mission should you choose to accept it...is to receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The mission is certainly bigger than me. If ever there were anything that makes me feel the full weight of my humanity and the weakness of my life it is this mission challenge. I don’t have what it takes to be the witness God has called me to me. And, that’s the point isn’t it?
Jesus says that God will come into my weakness and do what I am unable to do in and of myself . He will fill me with power, and through the authority that raised Jesus from the dead, He will live in and through even me. Who would have thought it?
Pastor Dave also asked us the question, “Where do you struggle to live out the commission?” When I heard the question my response to myself was, “Where do I begin? Pick a place, pick an issue, pick an assignment. I am not Great Commission material.” Then in my self-talk, I heard the still small voice of God say to me, “You think I don’t know this already? It is precisely because you are not Great Commission material that I am commissioning you. Receive my power and I will work the works of God in your life. Remember the affirmation, ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,’ (Ephesians 3:20). Be filled with My Spirit, live faithfully in Jesus, and I will be God in your life.”
So, I don’t know the implications or ramifications or reverberations of accepting the mission, but I’m in. Hook, line, and sinker, I’m in. God helping me, I will join the ranks of those trying to make waves for God. Who knows, He might merge the waves and create a God-sized tsunami of cosmic proportions before it’s all over.
- Pastor Rick
Tue, April 9, 2013
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