On Your Mark!
Acts 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.”
I love watching the Olympics and sporting events. Races though can be a bit crazy. Sometimes the favorite blows everyone out of the water and other times they are defeated by the least expected to win. Photo finishes can be common and the explosive power that happens at go is amazing. It also has to be perfect since a second too soon is a false start and a half second to late can cost a runner the race.
One of the interesting things about racing occurs before the word GO. The first words an announcer says is “ON YOUR MARK” with these words runners find their place and get into position. Paul continually refers to this life as a race and God is saying to each of us, “ON YOUR MARK!” It is the pointed where we determine our place and where God has called us.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus tells the disciples they are called to Jerusalem (the city they were currently in), Judea and Samaria (the country, region, or state they were in and neighboring ones) to the ends of the earth (the rest of the world). That message still applies to us as believers today.
Have you ever thought about where your Jerusalem is? Maybe it is your school, job, home, community, state, country or somewhere else in the world. Each of us though are called like the disciples to be witnesses for Christ. We have to know our mark and specifically where God has .called us to reach.
Take some time today to seek God in prayer for your Jerusalem. Determine the place God has called you to and like a runner be prepared to GO!
P.S. Between ON YOUR MARK and GO is the words, GET SET. Runners, tense up like a gun ready to fire, their fingers dig into the dirt and their whole body gets prepared for that one word that starts the race. Once you know your Jerusalem, begin to come up with ways you can reach your schools and community for Christ. Then be prepared to GO!
ON YOUR MARK!!!