The kids and I are going through the book of Acts right now. In my personal study I try to stay a chapter ahead of what we do together, and there was something that caught my eye back in the very first verse that I meant to get down here when we were in it, but forgot.
1:1 The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach…
It only lasted three years, but when I think about all that Jesus did during His ministry, the word “began” wouldn’t be the one come to mind. John notes in his gospel the fact that much more went on than was recorded (John 20:30), and that if it all had, the world couldn’t contain all the books written about it (John 21:25). But this was only the beginning.
The plan was for Him to come, but for Him then to go away, too- so that the Holy Spirit could come. When that happened, Jesus said that His disciples would do greater works than His (John 14:12). Incredible!
That word “began” stuck out to me bigtime. It was a fresh call to action, like God saying, “Now it is your turn, because all that I began has its completion in you.” May I be faithful in this work.
He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6