“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth» (Acts 1:8).
In village in the Pyrenees, a festival was held every year at the end of the harvest. Winemakers from all the surrounding regions arrived to celebrate the fame of their wines and take pride in all their work. They say that the king ordered a giant barrel to be built so that each winemaker from the region could bring a bucket of their best wine and our it into the barrel until it was full. So on the day of the festival, everyone would have a chance to try the excellent flavor of the best wine ever tasted. One the winemakers went up the ladder to the edge of the barrel and poured in e best wine. However, everyone believed that no one would notice, so instead of the agreed upon wine, each one poured water. On the day of the festival, during the opening act, the King had the honor of tasting the fruit of his servants. Imagine the embarrassing scene when everyone present watched in horror as the King’s cup was filled with pure water!
Perhaps today you think that no one will notice if you don’t do your best. Maybe many others think just as you do and, thus, the fruits that the King of the Universe is waiting for will never be seen in your church. Perhaps you think that you can’t give what you don’t have and the fruits of a good service fundamentally depends on God.
Before the Pentecost, the disciples spent their days in «deep heart searching. The disciples felt their spiritual need and cried to the Lord for the holy unction that was to fit them for the work of soul saving. They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. They were weighted with the burden of the salvation of souls. They realized that the gospel was to be carried to the world, and the claimed the power that Christ had promised.» (The Acts of the Apostles, ch. 4, p. 37. When they drew close to God, they also drew close one to another, and consequently, they were united as they accomplished their mission.
We also need to beseech God to send the Holy Spirit who will enable us to work to save lost souls. The gospel must be proclaimed to the world though warnings and selfless acts of service that reflect God’s love. The promise has already been made. We will receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be God’s witnesses to the ends of the earth