Waiting on the Lord
Luke 24:49b, “but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
This last week I was meditating on the events of chapter 2, the day of Pentecost. What a dramatic day. The church wasfilled with the Holy Spirit, it was accompanied by a thundering sound and tongues of fire sat on each of their heads. As a result of the commotion, a large crowd gathered, and Peter shared a powerful message that led to thousands of people getting saved. I wish every day was like that in my life. I wish one day was like that in my life! What we often overlook though, is what the church was doing before and likely after Pentecost. They were practicing a disciplined process called waiting. Jesus told them in Acts 1:4 to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. So, after His ascension, that is what they did. They didn’t know how long it was going to be, Jesus just said to wait. However, this was not empty waiting. They didn’t just stare at each other for 10 days, they did some very important things that we as the church should be doing as well. First, it tells us in verse 12 that they were living in obedience, doing what Jesus told them. Second, they were living in unity (one accord). These are the same guys that loved to argue with each other about which one was greatest. Now they were living in humility and unity with one another. Third, they were praying. Fourth, they were lining up what they were going through with the Word. Lastly, while they waited for what was out of their control, they did what was in their control, they filled the empty spot that Judas left.
So, as we wait for the next item on God’s agenda, the Rapture, we should be living our lives with this same discipline. Obedience, unity, prayer, the Word, and doing what is in our control while we wait for God to do what is in His.
Pastor Jason Norton