Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Acts 1:8 “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Just preceding this verse, the apostles were all in agreement on a question. Is this the time that Jesus would restore the kingdom of Israel? As so many times in our own lives, we think we know where God is leading, but His plans are bigger than ours. Whereas the apostles were looking for earthly power, God had heavenly power He wanted them to have. He desires that for all His children. We must let go of our plans and let Him show us the bigger picture.
God’s plan from day one, and even before, was for His Name to be known everywhere throughout the world. He gave this plan again to the apostles. He told them they would be, not might be, His witnesses in Jerusalem (New Braunfels and Comal and Guadalupe counties), Judea and Samaria (the rest of Texas and North America) and the remotest part of the earth (everywhere there are not many Christians and even places His Name is not known). That is His plan for you. He wants us to be involved in some way in all of these, whether by praying, providing or participating in those areas. Seek Him today to find what He desires for you to do in His Plan.
Prayer: Lord, help me be involved in reaching the lost all over the world. Maybe by volunteering at Kids Club or by praying for Oakwood’s church plants around North America or going on a short-term trip or going as a full-time missionary to these places that have never heard the name of Jesus. Let us as a church do all these so Your name can spread everywhere, for Your Glory.
Ministry Prayer: Pray for the missionaries that we support who we cannot name that serve in countries that are antagonistic to the gospel.