"Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8).
This verse of Scripture, says Simpson, will forever be imprinted on his mind because he was assigned the task of examining this verse and listing twenty-five observations from it. I (Denise) have a similar association with Acts 1:8, because it was the first verse in seminary I "exegeted" (that is, I examined in its context, in association with other verses, looked at the Greek, etc.). The verse includes the expectancy of waiting for something to happen, but then immediately turns to an expectancy of action.
The book of Acts makes it clear that by the power of the Holy Spirit, follower of Jesus are to point to his person and his deeds. We are to witness to who God is and what God has done. And by witnessing to God, we are to announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are to share the good news that because of what Jesus has done, all people can be reconciled to God and to one another.
Like the first disciples in the book of Acts, we are called to witness. We must point others to Christ; it is our mission on earth. And we are given power to accomplish this task by the Holy Spirit. We are not alone in the work, and should not be afraid. As you tell others about Jesus, be confident that the Holy Spirit is with you. Those whom God calls, God gives strength and ability.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I trust that you are with me in the task of being a witness. Help me point others to Jesus Christ, who came, lived, and died so he might point us the way back to God. I want others to see you and to come to know you. Use my life to draw others to you. Amen.