It was moxie the disciples received on the day of Pentecost when they were different not for the sake of being different, but because of the power and the life they had received. They were different in a crowd that could have turned on them just as they had before on Jesus.
It wasn’t that long before that Jesus had been crucified because of His mission. These same disciples being bold on this day had before hid themselves for fear.
But on Pentecost they switched from being afraid and hidden, to being bold and in the open.
These once silenced and scared disciples were now loud and at large. They had come into their mission and were given the moxie of Holy Ghost to see it through.
They discovered their mission was to magnify and testify of Christ right there in hostile Jerusalem where not long before the multitudes cried out crucify him to Pilate with regard to Jesus. The same hostile leaders still ruled in the temple.
Have you ever asked yourself, why am I alive? Why do I exist? Why do I live here where I do? Why am I in this job?
Is your only purpose or my only purpose to be a good father or mother, son or daughter, worker or athlete, or musician or dancer?
Those can all be noble endeavors, and they have their place in life. They all find mention in the Scriptures, but they are not the prevalent message of it.
It is possible for an individual and even a church to get caught up in things other than what God says is their primary mission.
Being off mission produces saints who are too self aware to be Kingdom minded.
Saints who search out conferences and congregations that cater to their perceived needs in life.
We tend to busy ourselves with whatever we think provides us with significance and meaning, the question is what that something will be.
What have we or what will we allow to take us off mission?
About The Author
- Tim Atchley
- Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
- I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.