Read Acts 1:1-11
Three weeks ago, Pastor Nick and Pastor Steve challenged all of us during his Tribulation sermon saying that this knowledge is not something that you keep to yourself. There are ears that need to hear and lives that need to be changed through what you just finished studying in the last four weeks.
In Acts 1, Jesus is just about to ascend into Heaven. He challenges His disciples to wait patiently for the Holy Spirit and when He comes. They will be witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. This was not a suggestion, but a command. After the life change they all experienced over the previous 3 years of being with Jesus, He was challenging them to share the good news with others.
As a Christian, you may not be affected by the tribulation of the end timesime is running short and there are people out there that will be affected by this. God consistently reminds us in His Word that we need to be ready and expectant for the end time events to occur. For those people that aren’t living expectantly and haven’t given Jesus control of their lives, you are tasked with being God’s witnesses to them. You may be the only piece of hope in their life; you could be the only one that ever shares the gospel with them.
People’s eternal destiny should be the thought that keeps you focused on the gospel. Imagine your co-workers, friends, and family all enduring the Tribulation. That is not something you would want your worst of enemies to experience; you have the hope that can save them from that. Be the person that explains the gospel in a way they understand. Be the person that draws them closer to God.
If you keep your faith to yourself, it is worthless. James 1 tells us that faith without works is dead. The most evident aspects of a believer’s life are his/her actions. It is what sets us apart from all the rest. If you claim to have faith in Jesus, you should be out there sharing with everybody the hope that you have. Again, this is not something that you keep to yourself because people’s eternity is at stake. Be the voice that people need in this broken world. Be the light shining in the darkness, proclaiming the saving grace that can only be found through Jesus Christ.