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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Powerful Surrender

"But you will Spirit comes on you; and 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).

Turn on the television, read the headlines on an internet ticker, or listen during radio news breaks and you can become discouraged. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is the hope of the world. His love and is grace are so amazing to change even the most vile of people. When we see that evil's presence seems as much alive as it has ever been, we can begin to wonder exactly how God is going to reach this planet with a lasting change.

Acts 1:8 was Jesus' response to a question that could make one wonder if they had missed the point. The disciples had great hopes in the coming of their Messiah. They presumed that Jesus would come and take the throne by force, ushering in a political and military take-over. They believed with all of their hearts in who Jesus was and what the prophets said He would do. Isaiah prophesied that His would be a kingdom who's government and rule would never end. So, when Jesus died and was resurrected, they were riddled with confusion on how the world would be reached and impacted by this Messiah that many could not understand.

Jesus told them to wait for the "promise." Jesus had spoken about this before, indicating it to be the Holy Spirit. But they still had their ideas, and were trying to fit His instruction into their ideas. In essence, He told them to lay aside their agenda and surrender to His. He had a purpose for them now, and that was to take priority over all else. There was a world to each.

There is a world to reach, and you have been called to be a part of the process. Your agenda, notions, and ideas about how, why, and what God should or is going to do is irrelevant. What is relevant, is that God's heart for the world to know Him involves you. Surrender all you are to Him. When you are fully surrendered, you will see the power of His purpose in your life to impact those around you. Reaching the world starts right where you are, and from there, expands around the globe to the "ends of the earth."

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