And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' If then God gave the same gift to them as He gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way? Acts 11:16-17
A man that I grew up around had the most painful looking walk. It was obvious that either by birth or accident his legs and feet were in a constant struggle to move. Somewhere along the way, I asked around wondering if anyone knew what happened to him. Turns out, as a young pig farmer, he got caught between a metal fence and a charging boar. His body suffered the consequences of getting in the way of something much bigger and stronger than him.
By the time you follow the move of God to Acts 11, Simon Peter is learning that salvation through Jesus was not just a Jewish salvation. He saw that God was moving in powerful ways, breaking down barriers of race and culture and class, to bring salvation to all peoples. And all Peter could say was, "who was I that I could stand in God's way?"
For 40 days we have come together to seek God's direction and to hear His voice on how He would use us to ADVANCE the Good News and extend His kingdom to all peoples. One thing is for certain, God is going to fulfill His plans. And another certainty is that we want to be headed in His direction and not standing in His way. Like that farmer of my childhood, our walk will never be the same if we do.
What has the Holy Spirit been saying to your heart in these days? How does the Father want to use your life to ADVANCE the name of Jesus? Are you willing to go with God wherever He leads and obey whatever it costs? How does God want to use you as a part of the community of faith we call Watkinsville First Baptist, here in our family, among your neighbors, in our nation and in our world?
Please spend the next few pages completing this thought:
Father, I believe you are saying it is time for me to...
By Carlos Sibley