Daily Devotional

December 20, 2018

You Have the Power

Acts 1:8
“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.”


This scripture contains the last known words of Jesus during His earthly ministry. It’s His last command and should be our first concern.

He says, “you will.” He didn’t say can be or might be. He said WILL.

When we receive Jesus, we receive His power. What does that mean?

It means that a simple invitation to see what God has done and will do through His church is our opportunity to let the Holy Spirit work in the person we invite to “come and see.” It means we don’t have any control over what happens next, but we might be part of someone else deciding to meet, know, and follow Jesus.

He has and is the power. He left it in us to do His work. He is with us every step of the way.

The passage says, “to the ends of the earth.” That’s a big place! But we have an opportunity and commandment to help the people in our immediate area to see and experience the love of God. In our homes, workplaces, and church sometimes the best way to share good news is to live dependent on His power and strength. The life we live when the pressure is on, temptation is great, and we’re buried under mountains of challenges is one of the best invitations to join in the Kingdom of God.

Do you know that within the immediate area of all of our campuses there are literally thousands of people that don’t know Jesus? These are people that have little or no church background or belief at all.

In the Bible Jesus came across broken, messed up, and unlikely people that didn’t have it all together but came to know Him and then share about Him. We have the privilege of being on the same team as Paul, Peter, the woman at the well, and the person that first shared Jesus with us.

We get to invite people to come and see. It’s a privilege and calling.

SVCC_ChristMESS_DevoPost_12202018Thought of the day: That person you are feeling nudged to invite to church? That’s a person that He loves. Maybe they will say no, but maybe they will say yes. And when they say yes, maybe they will surrender their life to Jesus and maybe you will have a front row seat to the transformation of lives and legacies through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Maybe you will experience a whole new understanding of how God wants to use us in the building of His church. Maybe you will experience a whole new level of relationship with Jesus through your obedience to follow Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for your brilliant strategy and work to ensure that every knee will bow before You. Give me courage to say yes to Your invitation to invite people to come and see. Help me to be bold and loving and to do what You have called me to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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