Wasting Time (Acts 1)

11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11

As I knocked on the door of the house I was visiting, no one answered. I waited for a moment and then knocked a second time. As I completed the knock, I suddenly heard a voice across the street saying, “you are wasting your time, no one is home.”

Immediately I turned around to see who owned the voice. As I looked across the street, my eyes fell upon a teenager. It was obvious that this teenage guy was being nice to me. In an instant the Lord impressed on my heart, go and talk with him. He is the reason I brought you to this street. Within a few minutes this teenager came to know Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior.

Question: Was I wasting my time knocking on a door where no one was home?

Because you know the what happened next part of the story you would respond to my question with a no. But what would you have given as your answer, if you did not know the next part of the story?

Here is my point: We never waste any time when we are genuinely surrendered to walk where God calls us to walk.

In Acts one we are introduced to the beginning story of the New Testament Church. Each of you are familiar with Jesus final address to the church. In one sense it was the end of the beginning of the church’s ministry. Let you eyes feast on Jesus last words before ascending to the Father:

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 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.” 

To this very hour, Jesus final address has been the marching orders for the church. For those who genuinely live by this assignment, their days are filled with importance. Such people will not be found wasting their days.

All of this leads me back to my question. Was I wasting time when I knocked on the door of someone who was not home? Here is the deal, if I was genuinely on mission with God, it was not a waste of time.

Not only did I get to lead a guy to Christ across the street, but I left material from the church in the door for the family who was not home. When they arrived at home, they were moved by the care of a church who would come to their home. This family is now faithfully serving the Lord in our church.

Please get this: Nothing is wasted when it is done in surrender and obedience to Christ!!!

Here is how I try to live each day:

  1. Every morning I begin my day in conference with God receiving my assignments for the day.
  2. Each day I attempt to live in surrender to His leading to complete my assignments.
  3. Each ay I come to end reviewing with God the day. Oh what a joy to lay down and sleep in peace.

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