The Lord’s power was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” (Acts 11:21, GNB)

I love Luke’s precision with his use of language. Cyprus and Cyrenian followers of Christ went to Antioch and preached the good news to the Jews and Gentiles there “and a great number belived.”  They believed because the Lord’s power was with those who proclaimed the message of Christ.

It is not enough for us just to preach the good news to someone, a response is dependent upon the Lord’s power being with us as we share.  This keeps us humble and dependent upon God as we evangelize.

John Calvin writes:

This place did also teach us, that what pains soever the ministers of God take in teaching, it shall be all vain and void, unless God bless their labors from heaven. For we may plant and water, as Paul teacheth, but the increase cometh from God alone, (1 Corinthians 3,) in whose hand the hearts of men are, that he may bend and frame the same at his pleasure.

We would be wise to pray fervently for God to bring power to our efforts to proclaim the good news.