After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. Men of Galilee, they said,” why do you stand there looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1: 9-11
Why do you stand there looking into the sky? In other words get busy spreading the gospel. That is our same charge today. If I am not careful the tediousness of life will take precedence over spreading the good news. Sometimes I get home after a long day at work and running kids to and from their various after school obligations and ask myself what I did for kingdom today. There are times my answer is nothing, not a thing. Did I pass someone in need on the road or in the grocery store and not even notice because my face was stuck in a to do list? Stop staring at the sky and get busy. I will sometimes ask God to provide an opportunity for me to be his hands and feet today. I should ask that every day. Each day we should be looking for an opportunity to be God’s hands and feet. Spreading the gospel in even seemingly the smallest of ways is so important.
Our middle school youth group worked at our Soup Kitchen a couple of weeks ago. Often when I work soup kitchen with the youth I get caught up in making sure the food is just right and all of the youth are busy with a job and that no one is standing around without something to do. Cooking for the people that come to the soup kitchen is vital and may be the only meal they get that day so cooking is important, but even more important is making them feel loved and treated like a human being. That same day I had two extraordinary experiences that God brought me. One was a woman who had had a stroke and asked if I would pray with her. Through that interaction God got my attention. Take time out to be His hands and feet. Food is vital for the body but community is vital for the soul.
Another woman came up to me, literally as soon as I came back into the pavilion and gave me her testimony. She had been a prostitute addicted to drugs and alcohol. She said while she was in prison she found Jesus and stopped the life she had lived for so long. These stories touched my heart in a way that changed me forever. I love that we experience God every day of our lives. It never gets old! God gave me those women that day. He wanted me to take time to be with them and extend his love to them and not worry about the tiny details of food prep.
Gracious God, I pray that every day I look for ways to be Your hands and feet rather than standing still looking up in the sky. Help me not to get so wrapped up in my daily life that I forget to spread Your word to others. I love You and I pray that I do all that You ask of me each day in complete obedience. In Jesus Name, Amen.