“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
The last words that Jesus gave His disciples while He was on Earth are found in Acts 1:8. Those last words were, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” You would think that the last guiding words they heard would be easy to follow, but from looking at the verse above, they still didn’t seem to get everything that they experienced for three years.
After Jesus commanded His disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel, He ascended up into Heaven. After He ascended, the Scriptures say that the disciples stood gazing into Heaven as if He was going to immediately come back. Because the disciples stood gazing, God sent an angel to ask the disciples, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” Jesus didn’t want them gazing into Heaven, but He wanted them going into the world to reach the lost for Christ.
Just like the disciples gazed into Heaven as if they didn’t know what to do next, many Christians today are gazing instead of going. My friend, the command is to go. You can be like many Christians who talk about the need for the lost to be saved, or you can take the last command the Saviour gave and go. There are a few observations you can learn from the Saviour’s last words.
First, gazing loses the lost, while going saves the lost. The longer you gaze and do nothing, the lost are slipping out into a Christless Hell. According to statistics, two people die each second. That equals 6,316 people dying each minute, or 151,600 people dying each day. The longer we gaze by arguing over personalities, the more people who die and go to Hell. The longer we gaze into extracurricular activities that have no bearing on eternity, the more people who die and go to Hell. My friend, you can participate in your hobbies, worldly activities, or personal agenda, but people are dying without Christ while you gaze. The only hope of saving the lost is to go.
Second, going is a command, not a choice. The last command that Christ gave wasn’t a choice for the Christian. Too many people act like soul winning is a gift, but it’s not a gift, it’s a command. This means that if you are not going, you are disobeying the LORD. You can live right, dress right, talk right, and faithfully attend church, but if you are not going, you are disobeying the primary command for every Christian. You are going to have to get past whatever excuse you have and start obeying the command to go.
Third, God doesn’t send you alone to spread the Gospel. You will notice that God sends His Holy Ghost to give you the power to go. My friend, if you will just go and witness to the lost, you will find that the Holy Ghost will give you the power to overcome any fear and shortcoming you may have. Always understand that if you obey, the Holy Ghost will take over and help; He just needs a willing vessel to speak through. My question for you is this, will you be the vessel for the Holy Ghost to speak through? If you will go instead of gaze, you can be that vessel, and you will see that He will use you to reach the lost for Christ.