“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
There are some things I find it easy to talk about; Liverpool Football Club is a good example. I can bore you with stats, former players, former glories, trophies won etc I love the club and passionately support it. A better example though is my kids. Tilly is 6 and beautifully creative, Naomi is 3 and an adventurer, Sam is 5 months and still won’t sleep!!!! It is easy to talk about the things that we love. Or is it? Because I didn’t always find it easy to talk about Jesus. Would I be judged? Would I be laughed at? How do I even begin? How can I authentically turn a conversation to Jesus?
I wonder how easy you find talking about the Lord. It is easy to talk about the things that we know and love if they don’t threaten or challenge people. But with Jesus, it can be difficult. We love him, but to love him demands something from us – that we share Him. That we witness to Him. This can be uncomfortable at times, and even a little scary – but it is also fantastic!!
Because we get to witness to this Jesus who was born in poverty, who started a youth group about the age of 30 and who changed the world. We witness to this Jesus who taught, healed, and performed signs and wonders in the power of God. We witness to this Jesus being sentenced to death on a cross and we witness to his resurrection three days later. We witness to the victory of God where sin and death and defeated, and forgiveness, new life, and love are found in God. We witness to the bridging of heaven and earth and to the Kingdom of God on earth.
I wonder how that makes you feel? Excited, nervous, a little overwhelmed?
Maybe it makes us ask the question ‘wouldn’t it make more sense to go with us, Jesus?’
I think that is what can hinder us from sharing Jesus – we feel like we are on our own...
But the amazing thing is that is exactly what happens. Rather than Jesus the person going with us, Jesus by His Spirit goes with us. More than that, he lives in us! And this is so much better, because it means we get to join Jesus in extending God’s Kingdom rather than watch it happen. We are participants and not spectators. The Holy Spirit gives us power to witness to Jesus.
May 25th to June 4th this year marks Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday, from when Jesus went to be with His Father, to when the Father and Son poured out the Spirit on all flesh. To celebrate it we are joining with millions around the world to pray for God’s Kingdom to come in our local communities; in homes, shops, businesses and schools. In essence we are saying – God you be King in these places! In our link is a map of the parish and it is our hope and prayer that by Pentecost Sunday we will have prayed for every street, school, and area. Please join us in this.
Acts reminds us that the Acts of the Apostles was the Kingdom of God beginning to take hold in the earth. Our acts show the Kingdom continuing through us today in Lache, Saltney, and Saltney Ferry. As we journey to Pentecost and the birth of the church let’s get excited about what God has in store for us at St Mark's, and for the part he is asking us to play in that. And let’s pray for God’s Kingdom to come!
"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing"