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The Power of God’s Spirit 

“But 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 ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 

Do you believe in the power of God’s Holy Spirit? Acts 1:8 states it clearly: “You WILL receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Is that not a refreshing word right now, church? We do not have to rely solely on our own strength in this season. We are not alone. I’m intrigued, too, by the text that comes next. Jesus is speaking directly to the disciples. They learn that not only will they receive power from the Holy Spirit, but they will be witnesses to Jesus’ life and ministry in Jerusalem and all over the world. This is good news! We, as disciples of Christ, are still called to be witnesses to the Gospel in all of our particular locations around our communities and the world today. 

I remain fascinated by the actions and responsibilities of discipleship. At an online seminar I attended the other week, a pastor from North Georgia said, “Part of the goal for leaders is to make more leaders.” A healthy model of leadership produces multiplication of leadership. This is true, too, of discipleship. It makes me think about that great model for the role of the church in the world: Come and See, Go and Tell. 

Let this scripture text today remind us to be intentional about being witnesses for Christ for and from others in the world even in the midst of pandemic. Who are you discipling in these days? Who is discipling you? It seems like a more difficult task without our steady gatherings in person, doesn’t it? True, it is. But be reminded this very moment that you WILL receive power from God’s Holy Spirit for the work we are called to as Christ’s disciples. Perhaps this season is moving us to creative and fresh models of discipleship that we did not look to in the same way in the past. The phone can be a tool for discipleship. The computer can be a tool for discipleship. Written letters can be a tool for discipleship. Insert your own gifts, creativities, tools, and witness to still disciple others in this season. Be a leader with the intentionality to build up and to encourage other leaders, one who is also willing to be encouraged and discipled as well on the journey. GO/STAY/BE and disciple. Trust the power of God’s Spirit for this challenging and great task. 

-Josh Miles 

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Going Outside to Sit and to Listen 

“For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12  

Have you ever tried going outside just to sit and listen? Simply listen. Simply observe and take it all in, the work of our great God. Listen to the birds, the bees, the breeze, the trees. Take it all in. See the rays of light from the sun, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. See the leaves doing cartwheels and the blades of grass doing some semblance of the wave. Experience the wonder and beauty of all the life directly in your midst. I know this… Times of sitting and listening have been especially meaningful to me in these days. Sometimes I am doing so much that I fail to fully recognize how much God is doing and how much God has done in my midst. 

Our God is the God of creation! God spoke life into existence and called it good. And the life forms on this earth include more than just human beings. Perhaps we can learn something from the trees and their firm roots. Maybe the bees quest for something sweet is something to emulate—even today—because we recognize that all is not good in this world. But, church, can we, too, take the time to find the good and praise it? Perhaps the entirety of creation has a chorus and a melody that we need to hear in this season. So, let us make room to step aside from all of our busy doing. That work shall still remain. But, for right now this day, let us go outside to sit and to listen. Then, maybe then, we too shall experience the full measure of the words the prophet Isaiah penned longed ago.   

-Josh Miles 

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