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.” Acts 1:7-8
These verses are often spoken about but one thing that I see when reading this is that there are some things that God has hidden for now, and some things He has revealed and equipped us for now to be able to accomplish the things He has called His church to do. Just because we can’t see everything that God has called us to do, doesn’t mean that we should do nothing or wander aimlessly. On the contrary, the Lord has called us to use the things He has given us to move forward and be faithful to build His church and expand the kingdom of God. And as we are faithful in the smaller things, the greater things will be revealed. If we never move forward or use the gifts He has given us, then we may never get a chance to see the greater things God has prepared for us.
If the disciples had not stayed in Jerusalem as Jesus directed and had not waited on what the Lord had promised, then the miracles we see in Acts 2 may not have happened. Over and over Jesus asked the disciples do more and more unconventional things they did not understand but as they began to follow more consistently, they saw God do greater and greater things through them.
I am reminded that when I try to maintain control in my life, to do things the way I see them, I often miss God’s bigger plan. But as I trust Him even when I don’t know everything or understand everything, He is faithful to use my faith in Him to do something that I would never had done on my own. He opens doors I never knew existed. He introduces me to people I never knew were searching for Him. God is able to use us in ways we would never had expected because of our obedience. I need to ask myself “Am I ready to be used by God?” If I am, then I need to trade my plans and my will for a submitted heart and open eyes to see Him step into present opportunities He has for.
Father, I submit my will to Yours. As the disciples did as Jesus instructed, I too want to be obedient to Your will. Let your word come alive in my life. Let my heart be submitted to Your will. And let my eyes be open to what opportunities and people you want me to talk to so I can share the love and life that comes to those who follow Jesus.
Pastor Gavin Hassell, Elder