But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Preach the Gospel
God could have used angels to proclaim the Gospel. He could have written Acts 4:12 with clouds in the sky. He could have sent dreams to every human alive, but He chose to use us to preach the Gospel. Have you ever thought about that? Why would God use weak vessels of clay to proclaim such a message of glory? This is because God has a history of using the weak to show Himself strong. Gideon’s army of 300 is a great example. I am not the most eloquent speaker, I’m not the most polished at talking, I’m not powerful or persuasive in speech, but the Gospel has its own power (Rom. 1:16), and He is the One Who makes men and women holy (Heb. 2:11). When I look in the mirror, truly I can say that God uses the weak and foolish things as far as the world is concerned to shame those who are the most powerful (1 Cor. 1:27). It pleases God to use the foolishness of preaching the cross to save those who would believe (1 Cor. 1:21). See the point? God resists the proud but gives His grace only to those who are humble (James 4:6).
Serve the Least of These
Once again, God could have sent angels down to Earth to do His work for those whom the world considers the least of His people, but He wants us to help those who are the least in the eyes of the world. When we do, Jesus sees this as doing it for Him (Matt. 25:40). When we feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, take in a stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and go to those in prison, Jesus said, “You came to Me” (Matt. 25:35-26). Did you catch that? When you serve others in what amounts to great needs, you are doing it for Jesus. Does Jesus really need us to do these things for Him? No, He can do them Himself, but He chose us to do them for others as really doing it for Him. He doesn’t need us; we need Him. But amazingly He wants to include us in His plans.
Love the Brothers and Sisters
I saw something on Facebook the other day that made me a little mad: a sweeping accusation against Christians that is blatantly false. This professing Christian man said that Christians are hateful and cannot get along with one another. However, wasn’t what this man was accusing other Christians of exactly what he was doing? God says that whoever loves God must also be loving his brother and sister (1 John 4:21). If someone claims to say they love God but hate their brothers and sisters in Christ, that man or woman is a liar (1 John 4:20). Harsh words, aren’t they? But they aren’t my words; they are the Apostle John’s. How will the world know we are Jesus’ disciples? It is by our love for one another (John 13:25), not by our criticizing one another. Sorry, Mr. Facebook man, you are wrong. You say you love God but can’t stand His children? Anyone in my family who says they love me but can’t stand my children has a problem with me!
A Closing Prayer
God, You don’t need me; I need You. But thank You for incredibly allowing me to be used by You for Your glory, which is too amazing for my mind to ponder. I thank You for using the weak of the world, of which I consider myself, and in Jesus’ great name I pray.
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