But 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.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ was taken up to Heaven before the very eyes of His disciples and loved ones. Prior to that, He gave not too long a speech full of assurance and instructions (command) to the whole Christendom through the handful that witnessed His ascension.
And He assured them that He was going to send them a comforter, a supporter, and prime of all the power for the work He was leaving them to continue. Lo and behold, on the day of Pentecost the Helper (Holy Spirit) showed up in the midst of the believers when they were together praying, and they were empowered like Jesus promised and three thousand (3000) more people were added to them.
After the words of assurance, came the instruction to go across the length and breadth of the entire globe to spread the Good News. This command happens to be the last words Jesus spoke to His disciples. As a believer I have taken this command personal and I want to entreat you today to do same and help spread the word, “Jesus is the savior of the world.”
I believe not all of us, believers, will have the calling, task, privilege, and the chance to travel from Nation to Nation with the Gospel, but the mere presence of the Holy Spirit in us, and His desires, grant us the enablement and the power to carry and spread the Word as we commute daily.
How ashamed I felt having realized the number of people I sat with each and every day as I traveled in and out of home to work without saying, “Our Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven.”, and all that I engaged in was go through all that bunch of unnecessary ‘WhatsApp’ messages, might be completely lost. At least four different people on my way in and out of work daily. Estimating this number for five days in a week for a month informs me that I have bypassed a crowd of at least eighty (80) without telling them of my faith in Christ and its saving capability. I have been a very selfish Christian.
Not only have I passed by this crowd without telling them who I was and am, I have not followed Jesus’ instruction to tell the whole world, both far and near, about Him and the message He came to preach. I want to believe I am the only culprit of this ignorance. I could evangelize on social media and it is alright but, one on one evangelism makes the message as real as it is very real to the hearer.
And let me tell you how bad this is. On two different occasions have two of my close pals recounted to me how they have been robbed of their valuables in a ‘Trotro’ by the passengers that sat next to them. Lest I forget to tell you that your, ‘Hello’, ‘Hi’, ‘Bro, sis Jesus loves you and He died like a thief for you to be saved forever. You only need to believe and take Him your savior, and ladder to Heaven.’, will go a long way to save a fellow passenger’s soul and consequently save your valuables.
The first disciples and Christians were not only people who did good and taught others to be good and kind to their neighbours. They had a message, and no matter what difficulties were put in their way they proclaimed it. This same message lies before us today, lets heed to the words of Jesus before he ascended into heaven and proclaim it too.
Lord make me brave to speak the truth at all times. Amen.