We were never meant to stand still. God intends us to embrace his purposes, to grow, and make progress for his glory.
The women who went to Jesus’s tomb the morning of his resurrection expected to anoint a body as dead as their dreams. Instead, they found angels who told them, “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” (Luke 24:6 NLT). In Mark 16:7, the angel also told them, “Go and tell his disciples, including Peter.” The women, frozen by amazement over this incredible development, needed a nudge to do something about the massive miracle they’d witnessed.
Forty days later, the disciples watched as Jesus ascended into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father. It must have been hard to let him go. He’d taught and loved them for three wonderful years. They’d witnessed his mighty works. Their dreams for him had resurrected along with his crucified body. But now he was leaving them. How were they supposed to fulfill his final command to go to every nation and preach the gospel? They’d envisioned something so different. Once again angels prodded them to not just stand there “staring into heaven,” but to do something (Acts 1:10-12).
The women ran and told the disciples about the empty tomb. Jesus's followers, after receiving the promised Holy Spirit, boldly spread the good news of hope and eternal life through Jesus.
God calls us as well to move on to the new things he has for us. His command is, “Don’t just stand there letting confusion, fear, or your own ideas hold you back. Do something. You will never regret it.”
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to partner with you in bringing your kingdom into this dark world. Help us not to stand still but to move ahead into what you are calling us to. Amen.