Today’s scripture reading addressed the beginning of ministry after Christ. I see in this text a common theme with what we have recently been addressing at church. In this passage we can see that the disciples had to take responsibility for the early proclamation of the gospel, but they were dependent on the Holy Spirit to make their proclamation effective. This should motivate us to fulfill our responsibility to proclaim the gospel when opportunities arise. We can do this with confidence because, ultimately, the Holy Spirit is the one who is able to accomplish His work in the hearts of those whom we are able to witness to.