Speaker: Frank Lucas Sep 6, 2015
When you are excited about something, when you experience something amazing, you can’t keep that information to yourself. You want to share it with others. Imagine you have some information that is life changing….would you hold on to that information or share it? Would you wait for something to happen or would you start moving and share it?
At the Family Service in July we introduced the concept of ‘Ready, Set, Move’ which was reinforced over the summer and especially during the week of Summer Challenge. During Summer Challenge, kids and volunteers began to understand what it means to move on your faith.
Jesus’ disciples are a wonderful example of faith in motion. When they met Jesus, when they heard his words, when they saw his power, when they experienced his love, they moved!
When we think of waiting on the Lord, we might think of sitting, praying and reading the Bible, which is great. But maybe waiting on the Lord is not a passive time but a time of action.
Imagine being one of Jesus’ disciples as he spoke these words to them after his resurrection:
Acts 1:6-9 NLT “So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?’ He replied, ‘the Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.”
The disciples must have been confused and perplexed at Jesus’ words and disappearance. Then two men show up and speak to them:
Acts 1:10-11 NLT “As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!’”
The two messengers call the disciples into action, even though they are still waiting for answers. Then something amazing happens, they actually move. They moved because they understood the power of Jesus.
Acts 1:12-13a NLT “Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile. When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying…”
We are not called to sit around and wait for womething to happen or wait for someone else to do something. We often think we need to travel great distances to make a difference - when in all reality it starts at home, school, the office, or the ball field.
When we meet Jesus and experience his power, there is nothing left for us to do but move.
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