The Work Continues

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to so and teach, until the day he was taken up…” Acts 1:1-2a

Today is once again Monday (No big revelation there).  For me Monday is aways a great day because it is a major study day.  I have the opportunity to spend almost all day in God’s word preparing to preach His word.  So for me Monday is not a negative thing.  However for many people Monday is all about the day that they go back to the job they have to do in order to make ends meet so they can do what they want to do when they have time to do it.

This morning, I want to spend some time helping you to be able to look at Monday and actually every day in a different light.  This morning’s scripture reading is from Acts 1:1-26.  Dr. Luke has been tasked by the Lord to write the continuing story of the Lord’s work.  The gospel of Luke tells us the story of our Lord’s work for us.  The book of Acts tells us of God’s work in our brothers and sisters in Christ during the first thirty years of the church.

As the chapter begins it is clear that the disciples were confused.  They were not sure if their work was beginning or if it was over.  Here is their question, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of Israel.” Acts 1:6.  These guys, without question, wanted it to be over.  The fact is, anyone would love to be a part of God’s kingdom.  But the fact is, there is much to do here.

I wonder, “Do you find yourself sometimes praying, ‘Lord help me to just get through this day at work or maybe even at home.'”  If so, consider the disciples.  These guys had been harassed.  Their leader had been killed and now was resurrected.  The unrest was still at a fever pitch in Jerusalem and they really were not for sure, if they would be the next on the hit list of the religious establishment.  You think you have it bad?

In this moment, Jesus gives a charge to the disciples that I am sure all of you have read before, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8.

The work Jesus began was to now continue through these men and then through those who would follow.  The work would continue and it continues today.  Now here is the big part for you.  The work of the gospel is a work that takes place in the streets, homes, and offices of our world.  Those who take seriously their work realize their place of work is their mission field.  They realize their home is a mission field.

Suddenly everything has changed.  For me this change brought about a great change in how I read the book of Acts.  Now I read discovering truth about our God and I discover the testimonies of the those who surrendered themselves to the God who empowers their work.

Oh how I pray this day is the first day of a week of work that is joyous because you are now working for the Lord.

For further study consider, Colossians 1-3 and also reading the book “Tell the Truth,” by Will Metzger.

 

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