We Need An Upper Room


And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. — Acts 1:13-14

What a moment and what a group of people. Mary, the mother of Jesus. A few immediate family members. Some close friends. And all of the disciples minus one. This is a very humble group of people. A group by which God would launch a worldwide movement.

But notice where they were — in the upper room. The same upper room where Jesus gave his last instructions to the disciples in John chapters 13-17. Do you remember what happened in this room? It was here that Jesus washed the disciple's feet and ate his last meal. Here Jesus foretold the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter. Here Thomas was confused about what Jesus was doing and where he was going to go. Here Phillip demanded to see God, even though the Son of God sat before him. In this room, Jesus spoke about the coming of the Holy Spirit, which was probably a strange idea to them. In this room, Jesus commanded them to love one another. In this room, Jesus told them the world would hate them. In this room, Jesus told them joy is coming and that he would overcome the world. And in this room, Jesus prayed for all of them, his final prayer.

Don't you wonder if they sat there, in the Upper Room, and processed all the teachings and happenings of Jesus' life? I wonder if they discussed how ignorant they were? And then, as they shared individual interactions, they saw how divine Jesus really was. This is definitely a moment I was to see played back when I get to heaven.

But we can have upper room experiences in our time. Jesus is not dead. He is alive. The Holy Spirit is still moving, and God is still doing great things. In fact, right now, somewhere on planet earth, humble groups just like this are meeting together. They are telling stories of what Jesus did and what Jesus has done in their lives. God lives on, and we must testify of his work and greatness in our lives.

If you don't have a community like this in your life — then you need one. You need upper room people in your life—a humble group of people to do the Christian life with. If you don't have one, find one today.

ASK THIS: Who is your upper room group? Who are the upper room people in your life? (Share their names in the comments below)

DO THIS: If you don't got them, find them. (Check out my all-in mentoring program)

PRAY THIS: God, thank you for the people who have spiritually influenced me. And where I have the need, bring people and groups into my life. 

PLAY THIS: Goodness of God.


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15 thoughts on “We Need An Upper Room

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    my wife and my small group at church are my upper room people, they can and have and will in the future keep confidences in our group. Thank You God for placing these people in my life.

  2. Cory B says:

    A year and a half ago the number was zero. Today, there are too many to list. I will say specifically the men from Vince’s mentoring group as well as the men of Anchor Bible study group. I’m grateful to call them all friends. My life is forever changed for the better.

  3. Jesse Skytland says:

    I have a few distant friends in my Upper Room. Family is distant also. Praying for a closer connection and doing my best to achieve stronger relationships. The Lord is in my room as he is always lovingly next to me today and for which I am thankful and find gratitude.

  4. J Brewer says:

    I 100% agree on God is still active in the world today and doing great things. I love the analogy of the need for an upper room in todays world. More great things to think about.

  5. Marco Machado says:

    Vince, thank you for doing what you do. Thank you for doing these podcast. Where are you filming the last few videos? I love that look, the older the building the better.

  6. Jim says:

    Brian,Dawn,Dave, Henry, Lois, Steve and Diane. My group who we can come alongside and lean on when needed . Couldn’t do life without them.

  7. Andy W says:

    The depth of God’s patience with me is so comforting and convicting. I’m so glad He has put people in my path to help me grow in my faith. My parents, my sister, my wife and kids, are such a blessing to me. Friends willing to sacrifice for me. Guys who want to honor Jesus surrounding me so that I know I’m not alone in this Journey. Thank you Father.

    Vince Miller, thank you for the way you love Jesus and serve His Church, I am thankful for your partnership in the Gospel and your impact in my life. Praying for you every day.

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