The moment before Jesus was lifted up to heaven, He and His disciples gathered and He gave a final message that they shall receive power when the Holy Spirit come upon them and they shall become witnesses to Jesus to the ends of the earth.
A witness is someone who has seen and heard something and retell it to others just like it is, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It is our job as believers and if we call ourselves as Jesus’ disciples to be His witnesses, to tell about Him, to spread the Gospel, the powerful and living word of God to others. We have to sow in the word of God and we believe that the word of God once heard by others; Holy Spirit will stir their spirit to come in acceptance of Jesus Christ. We have to take up this mission. It is the duty of all believers to sow in the word of God to harvest the soul.
Jesus promised the disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit come upon them. This part is a must for every believer. Before we start our mission or spreading the gospel, we must receive power from the Holy Spirit. It makes the word of God that we share become alive in others who heard it. The divine power of God will work with the power of Holy Spirit. Without it, it is just us babbling with the knowledge of the word and we won’t be able to share the right message to the right people at the right time because without God we are nothing.
There is a price that we have to pay. Even though Jesus was the one who promised to give the power, but the disciples must pray in unity for days with desire and hunger and thirst for that power. We believers have to do the same. It won’t just be given to us. We have to show that we are hunger and thirst for the power of Holy Spirit for the right reason, that is to surrender our lives to be led by Holy Spirit, to do the will of God and all for the glory of God. If we want it for all the wrong reason, we will never receive it.
If we want to harvest souls, we have to go to those who haven’t heard the Gospel and those who still don’t believe with the power of Holy Spirit who gives us courage, wisdom, knowledge, the fruits and the gifts from Holy Spirit. We will see miracle harvest happens in this generation.
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Lord Jesus, I believe in You and I want to be Your witnesses and tell others about You and Your greatness and Your love and Your mercy and grace. I surrender my will into Your hands and ask that You pour out Your spirit upon me. I want to do Your will and let Your name be known and harvest many souls. Guide my words, my actions and my life. In the name of Jesus I pray. amen