Act 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
It is easy to get comfortable. As winter approaches one of the hardest things to do in the morning for me is to get out of my nice warm comfortable bed. I like being warm and covered in blankets. I do not like getting hit by cold air or putting my feet on cold hardwood floor or tile. I just want to stay warm and comfortable. Our Christian walk can be the same way. We can get to a point where our daily routine makes us comfortable. We are happy with our daily devotion time, going to a Christian concert and attending our church services. We hear a good message and we continue on with our lives, day in and day out. We are comfortable.
The Apostle John said, “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” ~ John 1:4-5. Jesus is that light in the darkness and too many times we end up huddled around that light, like people do around a campfire on a cold autumn day. We allow people in to huddle around so they can be comfortable too but we end up being one point of light. Paul in Acts 1:8 gives us a challenge. Not to get comfortable, not to stay put. To be witnesses, show the world the light inside us and the work God has done in us. First to Jerusalem (our city or town), throughout Judea, in Samaria (our surrounding counties and states), to the ends of the earth (To the world). Take a moment today and pray about your Jerusalem, your Judea and Samaria. Then make the commitment to no longer be comfortable but to Go and reach your world!
“Jesus is not just a campfire for Christians to huddle around. Jesus is a torch for Christians to carry into the darkness.” (Thanks Pastor Michael Nelson for sharing that quote)