WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:4-5 (ESV)
OUR MISSION CAN’T BE DONE ALONE
Bill Crowder shared this story: The first winter that my wife Marlene and I were married was marked by severe blizzards. I can vividly remember one Sunday when we awoke to find that the electricity had been knocked out by an ice storm. Huddled around a battery-powered radio for news on that frigid Sunday, we heard a most unusual announcement. The announcer, before giving the list of church services canceled due to the ice storm, said, “The following churches will be closed due to lack of power.” What an interesting comment! I knew what he meant, but I was struck by what he said. The idea of churches closing due to lack of power conjures up some spiritual parallels that directly tie into Jesus’ promise of the Spirit.
The mission Jesus gave the church required the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. He told the disciples to not depart “but to wait.” “But” signifies a contrast which always introduces a “change of direction” so to speak. Jesus was teaching them instead of doing life in their own power, do life with God’s power. Instead of rushing ahead, wait on God.
A W Tozer -wrote, “If God were to take the Holy Spirit out of this world, much of what we’re doing in our churches would go right on and nobody would know the difference!” How have you seen the Spirit of God make a difference in our church? What difference is the Holy Spirit making in how you live your life?
Thank God for the promise, presence and power of the Holy Spirit in your life. Ask Him to show you anything in your life that is hindering the Spirit’s work through you?