Acts 1:6-8 (ESV)
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
No limits. Without borders.
As disciples of Christ we are called to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, …” (Matt 28:19 | emphasis added).
It’s no small task.
In fact it’s ridiculous to think that we can do it on our own.
Hence the need for God’s Holy Spirit. To teach us; guide us; strengthen us.
And the support & encouragement – the prayer & fellowship – of the church community.
As ‘witnesses’ we are to tell it like it is. No embellishments; no fancy language; no bells & whistles.
It’s the role of the Holy Spirit to convict people. He gets the credit for their conversion. He takes responsibility for how the message is received.
Yet we are still very much involved. It’s not enough to think about it or talk about it or even plan it.
We need to do it.
But what a blessed relief that God is in control. We can hand over to Him the hard stuff and simply get on with the task at hand: bearing ‘witness’.
prayer : thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit; please give me the strength I need to witness
action : be ‘… prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, …’ (1Pe 3:15)