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.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)
Do you want to be a bold witness for me in the world? Do you want to be a tool in my hand? Do you want me to use your life to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom? Do you want your life to bring glory to my name? Yes, I want to be used by you. Yes, I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I want you to use my life as a tool in your hand. How can all these things be possible? That is a good and very important question.
You know what does not work. Yes, I do. What does not work? Launching off under my own power does not work. I will never be able to bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name with my own efforts. I know that I need your power. I know that I can do nothing apart from you. I know that I need you to be working in and through my life if I am to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, that’s right. What else doesn’t work? It doesn’t work to sit around and expect you to empower me to do nothing. I don’t need your power to sit around and do nothing. No, you do not. I need your power to go out and be a bold witness for you in the world. Yes, you do.
You have talked about what doesn’t work. Let’s talk about what does work. It works to ask for your power to go and do what you have asked me to do for you. Yes, it does. It works to rely on your power rather than on my own power. Yes, it does. It works to wait in prayer until I have received your power. It works to step out in faith and trust, believing that your power will be working in and through my life as I serve you. Yes, it does. It works to give you thanks and praise for how you have, are, and will work in and through my life. It works to give you honor and glory for all that you have done, are doing and will do as I go out into the world to be your witness, everywhere both near and far. Yes, all these things work. Will you pray to me? Will you rely on me? Will you go out into the world to be a bold, powerful and fruitful witness for me? Yes Lord, I will.
Holy Spirit, give me your power so I can go and be a bold witness for Christ everywhere both near and far in the world. Help me to bear an abundance of fruit for the kingdom of God and bring glory to the Lord’s name. Use me as a powerful tool in your hand. Amen
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