Active Impact

When Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to us in Acts 1, he said that we would receive the power to be his witnesses throughout the world. And if we flip to the next chapter we see that 3,000 people gave their lives to Jesus on the same day that Holy Spirit showed up. The disciples immediately took what was given to them and started giving it away. And that same story continues throughout the book of Acts as they actively partnered with God to reach the people in their own communities and in every place they visited with salvation and miracles occurring in each place. They were actively going for it because they recognized that they had a message that the world needed to hear. We have what the world needs. We carry the hope of the world inside of us. So we have to go and share with them what they need. It’s really easy to sit inside the safety and comfort of a church building and hope that someone who needs Jesus will come to us. But that model isn’t effective. Jesus never called us to be comfortable; I fell into that trap once and I didn’t even know it. I thought I was making an impact but one day I realized that I was on a spiritual plateau. I stopped growing because I became too comfortable in the place where I was and the impact I was having was nowhere near where it needed to be. I don’t ever want to be in that place again. There are so many people who will never step foot in a church for a lot of different reasons so we have to go to them. And most of them are looking for what Jesus can give them but they won’t know that until we show up. We can bring them the encounter they need. I am determined this year to reach more people outside the walls of the church than inside. Join me and let’s change the world!

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