Tonight in our youth service, I spoke from Acts 1:3-12. Verse 11 says, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven.”
The disciples spent three years with the greatest teacher our world has known. Their last 40 days together are spent with Him teaching about the Kingdom of God.
His last words are “Go into all the world…” and “you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.”
You’d think they’d get it, but they don’t.
After Jesus has ascended, the disciples find themselves staring up into the sky. They stand there, without moving, as the command to “Go!” still rings in their ears.
I have to ask myself, after 2000 years, has anything changed? Does the church still find itself looking into the heavens while the call to reach this world goes unheard? Are we more concerned about reaching a final reward than inviting others into that experience?
We’ve been entrusted with the greatest message the world has known. What are we doing to reach our world?