Devotional: ‘A Mission of Great Magnitude’

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The disciples longed for the kingdom. The Bible says: “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) In their minds they had gone through enough heartache and sorrow and it was now time for the kingdom. Yet what they did not realize was: they were not at the end of the journey; they were only at the beginning.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The disciples could not imagine the magnitude of their mission. God used them to begin a movement that still exists today. Consider with me the magnitude of their mission:

1) The Magnitude of the Requirements

On one occasion two of Christ’s disciples came to Him and asked if they might have the privilege to sit on His right and left hand in the kingdom. In response Jesus asked them: “Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Their response was: “We are able.” (see Matthew 20:20-23) Little did they know that the cup included sacrifice and self-denial. In order for us to fulfill our mission, we have to get past our own wants and wishes and dedicate ourselves to the cause of Christ.

2) The Magnitude of the Results

The requirements would be great, but so would the results. The first message Peter preached brought 3,000 to Christ. (see Acts 2) Then a short time later he preached another message that reached another 5,000. (see Acts 4) It is estimated that in less than a year the church had grown to nearly 100,000 people. As one individual said during that day – “They were turning the world upside down.” (Acts 17:6)

3) The Magnitude of the Resource

God had a great mission for His disciples. They were to share His saving gospel with the entire world. A mission of such magnitude would require a power of great magnitude as well. The Bible says:

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The Greek word for ‘power’ is dunamis from which we get the English word – dynamite. Dunamis is strength, capability and might. The disciples would receive God’s dynamic strength to do God’s will.

As I have meditated upon these scriptures I have been reminded that sharing the gospel with the world is more than a duty. It’s an adventure. It is experiencing God’s maximum power working in and through our lives.

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