Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why Are You Standing Here?

Acts 1:11
Men of Galilee, they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.

Don’t you hate it when you are headed somewhere and you look up ahead only to see multiple break lights coming on and then your car stops behind a mile long procession. Its stand still traffic! I always try to find an alternative route because I’ve got somewhere to go.

Normally when you see somebody in standstill traffic smiling it’s because they have nowhere to go or they have time on their hands. But why do people who have some where to go and have options choose to just stand still looking around?

God has given us instructions through Jesus to go somewhere, “Go and make disciples, teaching them whatever I have taught you.” Instead of moving some post-modern disciples are just standing around wondering when things are going to change. When is the recession going to lift? When is Jesus coming back? “Sometimes, the church is content to stand around staring into the heavens but not doing anything on earth. Sometimes, we are so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.

Right before Jesus ascended back to heaven he gave instruction to his apostles (sent ones) to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit. When he was taken up into the sky they just stood there. Two angels came and asked them, “Why are you standing here?” We don’t have time to stand around we need to:

1. Go to our upper room to pray v. 14
2. Go to our upper room to Study Scripture v. 15-16
3. Go to our upper room to choose leaders to replace those that have betrayed us. V. 21
4. Go to our upper room to receive the Holy Spirit, Chapter 3
5. Leave the upper room to go make disciples

Dear God, help me to keep on waiting. Build my momentum so I will not become stagnant. Empower me with your sprit so I can make disciples of others. Thank you for sending me. Now I’m ready to go!

In Jesus Name,

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