Day 1 of 30

Now is the Time: Acts - Adult


Acts 1.1-8

1 Theophilus, I first wrote to you about all that Jesus did and taught from the very first 2 until he was taken up to heaven. But before he was taken up, he gave orders to the apostles he had chosen with the help of the Holy Spirit. 3 For 40 days after Jesus had suffered and died, he proved in many ways that he had been raised from death. He appeared to his apostles and spoke to them about God's kingdom. 4 While he was still with them, he said:
  • Don't leave Jerusalem yet. Wait here for the Father to give you the Holy Spirit, just as I told you he has promised to do.
  • 5 John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
6 While the apostles were still with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, are you now going to give Israel its own king again?” 7 Jesus said to them, “You don't need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. 8 But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.”

DAY 1: MISSION POSSIBLE

PRAY:

Father, thank you for your Son who has gifted us with the Holy Spirit. We pray that you will live out your purpose through us.

READ:

Acts 1.1-8

What an awesome task Christ assigned to his disciples when he commissioned them to proclaim the gospel and make disciples of people from all nations. If such a significant mission was dependent upon the personal capacity of these few followers, then the Great Commission could be appropriately described as “Mission Impossible!”

Jesus assured his disciples of success by letting them know that he possessed all authority in heaven and earth and promised that he would be with them through the completion of the assignment (Matthew 28.18-20). What a relief!

The book of Acts is the inspired record of how Christ kept this promise. By sending the Holy Spirit to indwell them, Jesus was not only with them, but his Spirit was also in them (v 8; John 14.15-18). As we journey through the book of Acts, we will be instructed and encouraged to live as witnesses of Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts teaches us that the Holy Spirit empowers every believer to fulfill the divine purpose given to us by our holy Father as we operate in the authority of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

REFLECT:

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by something you know God has called you to do? Do you follow through in obedience? What was the ultimate result?

RESPOND:

Choose a specific time that you will commit each day (for the next 29 days) to use this devotional guide in a personal journey through the book of Acts. Pray that God will help you honor your commitment. Check out the list of Acts 1.8 assignment projects and start thinking about which one you would like to complete.

Father, I want to be used as your witness to express the love of Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope and a sense of purpose. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit, O God, and give me daily opportunities to advance Christ’s kingdom.