What does this mean? What does it mean to be sent out?
This year at camp the theme was SENT. That we are sent out by God. We are told in every gospel this great commission and again in Acts 1:7-8 when Jesus told His disciples “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.” (ESV)
If this single moment is placed in five different books of the Bible including the final instance where it was Jesus’ last words on Earth, then it must be important and we cannot ignore this. This was the main focus of both camps this year. So what do these words that Jesus said have to do with us today? Everything.
“But You…” You. In the Bible, there are a few different type of “you”s. There is you which is to a certain person/people at a certain time. There is you which is to a certain people at all times. The third type of you is to all people of all times. This you is the second type of you. Jesus was telling the disciples and all disciples that God would give them power. God will give every believer power. If you are a believe you can have access to this power.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” This power isn’t something that comes from us. It isn’t something that you can just muster up yourself, but rather it is something that you receive from God. You receive this power from the Holy Spirit and it is the power of God.
The sentence does not stop here. We cannot keep this power to yourself.
“…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” You CANNOT keep this to yourself. As Christians, we have been tasked and equipped to take the good news of Christ out to others. We have been SENT out.
We are all SENT out to others. This isn’t a choice, but rather a responsibility we each have as followers of Christ. You are SENT out to be a witness to others of this love that Christ has for you.
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