Monday, May 23, 2016

A Journey with ACTS 1:9-11


Here is the next segment of my Journey with ACTS. I'm been thinking on this verse a lot in the past few weeks.  It's amazing just how much one verse change open your eyes to the reality that is the world around us. I hope you find some encouragement through these few verses.


“After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.” 
- Acts 1:9 NLT

Jesus was indeed taken up to heaven.  As the disciples watched while he was taken up into heaven them they must have had some interesting thoughts going through their heads. I can imagine some of them thinking, “what are we going to do now?” or “What was the point of all this if he was just going to leave us?” Honestly, I'd guess many of them were still dumbfounded, or in awe of everything that had just happen.

The reality is, many of us are probably thinking similar things today. It's not easy living in today's world is it? Well, that is where we have to realize that just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean that it’s not there. We don’t have to think this way. Why not? It's simple, because of the promise that was given in the previous verses.

Even though we may feel alone at times or wonder why something happened, we can always trust that someone is watching. Sometimes we need to let go of the past, and even the present, to move into a brighter future. It’s never easy to continue on when you’ve been a part of one chapter in your life for so long only to find out the next chapter is on the next page.

Don’t hold on to that one page so much that you lose sight of the page that is on the other side. God has something wonderful in store for each of us just as He did for His disciples. Moving into the next chapter in life will not be easy, but remember that even though we can long longer see our savior face to face that He is indeed with us.

5/12/16, 1:05am

“As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”.
- Acts 1:10-11 NLT

Sometimes we get distracted, just like those that were watching Jesus ascend to Heaven.  When these distractions come we can miss the opportunities right in front of us. In this instance the disciples were so distracted by what was right in front of them that they could not look towards the moments that were to follow.

When the angels appeared they reminded the disciples that Jesus would come back one day and that they needed to get to work.  It was their time to share what they had learned.  There are many opportunities for you to share what you have learned with others all we have to do is look past the distractions of the present moment.

Someday, Jesus will return and he will be asking us, “what did we do to share what we’ve learned with others?” I for one want to be able to say, “Lord, I shared as much as I could with anyone who would listen.” My hope is that all those that claim to believe would desire to have the same answer or at least one that is similar.

5/14/16 6:55pm

Blessings in Christ and thanks again for visiting us at "The Gathering Room"

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),

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