6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
There is so much to choose from this chapter – Jesus in the days following his resurrection before being taken up into heaven, Matthias who was chosen to replace Judas as one of the apostles, and Peter’s first sermon among the group of believers. But these verses, 6-8, spoke to me, because like the disciples then, we want to have an inside track on important information. Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel? Are you going to end the world soon? Am I to be counted among the chosen servants?
Jesus didn’t answer their question, because that’s not for us to know. It’s in the Father’s hands, not ours. We aren’t going to get all the information. We have to trust in God, because it is God who is in charge, not us. But Jesus told them that they would receive a new power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. This power would enable them to do God’s work well, which is to be witnesses to the ends of the earth.
Like the disciples, we do not have inside information. We have no idea on God’s particular timeline. But, like the disciples, we do have the Holy Spirit. Will we use it to be witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ? Wherever you are today, will you wear your faith in ways that give honor to God?
Dear God, I want to do right things for your sake. I want to be faithful, to use the gifts you have given me through your Holy Spirit. I know that sometimes I fall short; please forgive me when I do. With all that I have received from you, let me be faithful to serve in ways that honor you, for this I pray in Christ’s name. Amen.