“'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.' After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.'” (Acts 1:9-11)
In the last moments Jesus spent with his disciples, he entrusted them with an immense responsibility – they were to take the news of salvation through Christ throughout the entire world. Beginning right where they were, they were to spread out and be his witnesses wherever they went. In sending the Holy Spirit, he also provided all the power they would need to be able to complete their task.
Then he was gone. Just like that – right up into the clouds. And there they stood, gazing at the sky. Can’t you just picture it? These men whom Jesus Himself had called, taught and prepared were, well, stuck in their spot...standing still...doing nothing...in awe.
An angel had to come snap them out of it! And what a great question he asks, “Why are you standing here looking into the sky?”
I wonder how much of this scene describes us today. Are we so busy "looking into the sky" that we don't get on with doing the things he left us here to do? I like the angel's response - What are you standing standing here for? Get going!
Although it is crucial for us to spend time in the Word and with the Lord in prayer, followers of Christ need to get on with the business of obeying! We need to think of the needs of others instead of only our own needs. We have a job to do, a message to get out, and it’s one that will affect eternity.
Are you still gazing? Let’s get going!
Prayer: Lord, there are people all around me who don’t know you. Give me the desire and the strength to pursue every opportunity to share your message with them, and to be more concerned with their eternal destination than my temporary comfort.
Suggested Reading: Acts 1:1-11