Famous Last Words. If you knew that today was your last day on earth, what important words would you share with the ones you love? What words would you leave for the world? Would you choose your words carefully, ensuring that they were profound and life-changing? Jesus’ last words on earth before His ascension were these: “But you’ll receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you’ll be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). These last words that Jesus uttered have got to be important. The Father’s promise was fulfilled in that the Spirit came to empower His people to be witnesses to the whole world. Do you have this power? Have you received this vital promise? Witnesses testify, both in word and deed, that Jesus is Savior and Lord. Witnesses live and die for this truth, demonstrating it through who they are and what they do. If called on the stand to testify before the world and Judge of all the earth, are you a credible witness?
Jesus told his followers that they will face trials and difficulties. We go through them and we sometimes question God… Are you there? Do you care? The Bible is filled with believers going through trials, yet time after time we see how God brings His people THROUGH those trials and how those trials strengthened their faith. We read in Daniel how his three friends were thrown into the fire for not bowing to a golden image and when their persecutor, King Nebuchadnezzar, looked inside, he saw a fourth person “like the Son of God” in the fire with them. We may not know why we are going through a trial at a particular time, but I can assure you that God is in the fire with you. He will bring you through, and your relationship with the Lord will be stronger as a result. Just trust in the Lord, and watch what He does.