“THE CHURCH CANNOT DO THIS BETTER IN HEAVEN”

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.(Acts 1:8)

 Have you ever thought about the apostles passion for sharing the Gospel?  This passion was so great that they were able to face persecution and even death.  What ignited that level of passion in them?  If we have the same Holy Spirit indwelling us, why don’t we the same kind of passion?  I believe the answer is right here in this verse.  I know I have looked at Acts 1:8 many times.  What was I missing? 

 We need to look at what Jesus told them. Jesus told them that when the Holy Spirit came upon them they would receive power and be His witnesses in the world.  We have received the same Holy Spirit. We should therefore be Christ’s witnesses in the world.

 In recent weeks, I have heard staggering numbers about the decline of attendance in the Evangelical Church.  I have wondered like many, why these numbers are going down and not going up.  We are closer to Christ’s return than ever before.  It seems that our numbers would be growing, not shrinking.  I believe the reason for the decline is that we have lost our vision; we have forgotten our job.  

 What is the one thing that the church will not be able to do better in Heaven than here on earth? Evangelism! We have gotten all caught up in the music, the fellowship, and the programs of the church. We have gotten caught up in the latest church growth strategies, trying to grow the church our way, instead of God’s way. Still, the one thing that we can’t do better in Heaven—sharing the Gospel—we are not doing well here on earth. 

 Someday it will be too late to share the Gospel. The door will be closed.  Just as the door was shut on the ark in Noah’s day, the Lord will close the window of opportunity on this fallen world.  Let us renew our vision for the lost.  Let us give up everything to be witnesses for Him.  I pray the Lord renews your passion today.

 When was the last time you told someone about Jesus?

 Think of someone you can tell about Jesus today.