What will motivate us to live out the Gospel and focus on fulfilling the Great Commission?
It’s easy to ask the wrong questions. Those first disciples asked the wrong question and we do too!
In Acts 1 they asked: “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Jesus answered–wrong question! “it is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by His own authority….BUT…”
Acts 1:8 begins with a strong word of contrast– “but” and He turns the question back around.
Jesus essentially says, “in opposition to what you are asking, here’s what you need to know…and expect…and do!
If we are not motivated to live and share the Gospel of Jesus, perhaps it is because we too are asking the wrong questions.
Are we asking:
- what’s in it for me?
- what can I get out of it?
- what will others think about me?
Don’t misunderstand my point. I am not saying that we should roll up our sleeves and obey God hoping that we can earn His favor. Nor am I saying that we should serve God out of guilt: somehow thinking it is more “spiritual” when I face a dreaded duty and obey anyway!
We must learn to ask, “how can I delight in the purpose of God revealed in Messiah and receive Holy Spirit’s power to be His witness?”
If we learn to ask the right question— He turns duty into delight!