This passage sets the stage for the launch of the church. Jesus has trained His disciples, given them their assignment (Matthew 28:19-20) and now tells them that He will empower them to accomplish all that He asks them to do. This band of followers goes on to launch a movement that continues to shake the world.
Verse 8 has intrigued me for a long time, “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.” (NLT) This word for power here is from the same root word that we get the word dynamite. This is real power that makes us fully capable do what we have been asked. Think about it; God gives us the ability to live and do all He asks. Of course we can see that the disciples used the power to overcome fear and persecution to spread the Good News throughout their region and beyond. But there is something else we should see here, God has given power not merely to speak the truth but to embody it as “witnesses”. His power is available to help us become more and more like Jesus in our character, values, attitudes and behavior. God wants us to be living examples of the change that is possible so when we tell others about Jesus they can see the impact for themselves in our lives. What is an area of your life where God’s power is needed? It may be the power to forgive, be humble, to say “no” to a desire, to say “yes” to His prompting or maybe something else. Ask Him now for help and watch Him work. God invests His power where it is needed and where it matters.