It’s not for you to know.

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There is a wonderful little detail in the books of Acts which can be easily missed. It’s to do with what we focus on. The truth is, we can spend so much time and energy on the wrong things.

I find that the greatest challenge in ministry is to reconcile what’s important to God with what’s important to me as a person. 

We often seem to hold on to things that are quite insignificant compared with the bigger picture of God’s plan. Here is what I mean.

In Acts chapter 1 we find Jesus spending his last moments with the disciples right before his ascension. His last words to the disciples are so significant. It’s as if Jesus leaves his final most important instructions to the last minute. 

In verse 4 Jesus tells them not to leave Jerusalem. He, most likely knows, how impulsive they could be. Perhaps Jesus recognises their tendency to fulfil the first part of the great commission, to go, without waiting for the power which would enable them to do so. 

So Jesus tells them to wait for the gift of the Father, the power of the Holy Spirit, to come upon them to enable them to be his witnesses and make to make disciples of all nations, baptising them and teaching them to obey all his commands. The commission comes wrapped in His authority and His presence. The promise was that Jesus would be with them until the end of the age. (Matthew 28: 18 - 20)

However, the disciples seem to be thinking about something else. In spite of having such significant information being delivered, they prove to be more interested in the time and the season of Israel’s national freedom and the restoration of the Davidic throne.  

“So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1: 6 - 8

The reply from Jesus is quite something else: it’s not for you to know! What? How many times, we too, focused so much more on understanding or working hard, debating and discussing times and seasons, missing the point of the great commission all together?

Jesus’ reply is simple. Those dates and times are not for you to know. It is, perhaps, difficult for us to accept but instead, focus on what’s important: but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. 

We can miss the point of the great commission so easily. Our hunger for knowing everything can cloud our vision of making disciples. It’s interesting that we are not just focused on knowing everything of God’s business but we apply the same interest when it comes to other people’s business. 

The important message Jesus wanted his disciples to get was simple: “You have a great task ahead of you, wait in Jerusalem for the power of the Holy Spirit that will enable you to make disciples of all nations. 

Regarding times and seasons, it’s not for you to know.”


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