Acts 1:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
“9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
His followers watched with awestruck wonder as Jesus was teleported up into the heavens.
Of course they did! The Son of God was being beamed up right in front of their very eyes. Sure they rubbernecked.
So you can understand my surprise at the question the angles asked. “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?”
Wouldn’t you? The disciples are taken back by the magnitude of the moment. But the text doesn’t stop at the end of the question. To keep it in context you have to read the reason the question was asked in the first place.
In the same breath that the angel commands them to stop staring upward, he reminds them of the urgency of their task: Jesus is coming again. There is a great need for you to be His witnesses. Jesus explained it to them a few verses earlier when He said in Acts 1:8, “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.”
So in essence, get your head out of the clouds, receive the Spirit, and start the work I’ve called you too.
If it still hasn’t hit home lets look at the culture that surrounds us today. We have so much at our disposal. We have churches on every corner, sermons online, the word translated in our native tongue, and so much more. Yet here in America there are so many of us who have our head in the clouds.
We critique churches methods rather than celebrating their success.
We divide in camps over interpretations on theological issues rather than uniting under the banner of Christ.
We let small minded people with microscopic vision dictate the direction of our ministry and diffuse the level of our impact.
It’s time to get our head out of the clouds. Jesus is coming! We have received the Spirit! We have power! We are the Church!
So stop standing around looking in the sky-when we’ve been commissioned to the world so that all may hear the good news and saving Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.