Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem — a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. All these were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.
During these days Peter stood up among the brothers — the number of people who were together was about 120 — and said: “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David spoke in advance about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
Acts 1:12-16 HCSB
Father mold me so that I may always have the courage and insight to push past my fears and stay focused on the mission ahead of me. Mold me to always remember that just because I can’t feel Jesus’ touch does not mean he is not beside me. Father fill me to believe and embrace that even those moments when I don’t know what the solution is, that I’m confident that You will always bring one my way. Push me away from dwelling on things that won’t bring progress and that don’t glorify Your name. Mold me to stay upright and transparent, reflecting Your love at all times. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
The remaining disciples watched Jesus ascend and as they stood there stunned and amazed, angels appeared and reminded them that Jesus would return as he left and that they needed to stop standing there looking up into the sky. Basically, they told them that they need to get back to work and focused on God’s mission that Jesus trained them for.
There were about 120 men hanging out one day when Peter decided to stand up and speak about the current situation, what Jesus was called to do, and what he charged them with doing. Peter could have sat idly by waiting for someone else to speak up, but he didn’t. He knew that they were called to do a job and they needed to get out of the ‘funk’ and out of their own way. They needed to realize that Jesus equipped them to walk, teach, embrace, heal, and show others God’s love, and they didn’t need Jesus physically walking beside them in the flesh to do it. They needed to remember, teach, and practice his lessons, but they were mature enough to finally walk.
Where do you see yourself in your walk? Are you ready to stand up and walk without making excuses along the way? Are you ready to stop doubting and analyzing everything? Are you ready to commit fully and to act immediately when God tells you to? Are you ready to be that soldier for Christ, one of God’s ambassadors, a true servant? Think about it.
Staying prayed up,
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