It is absolutely amazing that God has not left us alone to accomplish His mission. As we follow Him on His way, as we saw yesterday, He supplies us with everything we need. His resurrection made it possible for us to be clothed with His love and power.
Read Acts 2:1-4; 17-21. Highlighted verse: Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
“Do you remember my interaction with the disciples before I left on the cloud? For 40 days I taught them about the Kingdom. I told them to wait for the promise of the Father, the promise that would be necessary for them to live. The Holy Spirit would be poured out on them! He is the crucial part of the new covenant. This is the gift given to men and women.
“This Gift is yours to receive. If you abide in me, you will do great works, even greater works than I did while on earth. I will abide in you through the Holy Spirit. If you feel incapable, you are in the right place. Let yourself be immersed by the Spirit, for He can accomplish my will through you. He will give you all you need for this life. I have provided you with everything that you need. Take courage! I have not left you, but am desirous to be in you, to be with you. All my authority and resources have been made available to you; I am looking for those who are willing to work with me and accomplish the mission. All things are possible for the one who will yield to the Spirit and follow His direction.
“You will receive unsearchable spiritual riches through the Holy Spirit. Don’t think that being filled by Him once is enough. As you eat food every day, so you must be filled with Him every day. He is sent to motivate and inspire you to carry out my plan. He is given to you to guide you and to warn you. He clothes you with indescribable love and immeasurable power. This Gift makes living in my Kingdom possible! Let Him teach you and draw you into this reality. Don’t let your traditions and preconceptions get in the way; let Him completely shift your thinking and blow your mind with what He can do through you.”
Place yourself in the disciples’ shoes. Before they had received the Holy Spirit, they didn’t know what was going to happen. They were all together in a room, each person with various emotions and thoughts. Some were terrified of what would happen, how this would play out. Others were worried about their families and how they would be treated by the world outside. Still others were itching to leave the room and do something! I’m certain many of them felt inferior – Jesus had said they were to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth – How could that possibly be a reality? With only the words of Jesus to reassure them, they had to wait.
Jesus tells us that the Father wants to give us the Holy Spirit without measure – we just need to ask Him, and because He is a good Father, He will respond (Luke 11:5-13). Often I have realised that I come to God with preconceived ideas about how He will work, and what will happen if I am filled with the Spirit. But every time He shows me something new, and slowly my mind is transformed to think according to His ways and His will.
Take some time to ask God to pour His Spirit out on you. Wait on Him. Whether you’ve known Him for a few days or many years, we always need to be filled with the Spirit again (Ephesians 5:18). He will fill you with love and power to accomplish the work of the Father.
Questions for reflection:
- Reflect on God’s mission. What has he asked you to do in His Kingdom?
- Do you see the Spirit as vital to accomplishing this mission?
- What must we do to abide in God? What does that practically look like for us?
- Has God ever instructed you to wait? What were you doing while you were waiting?
- How often do you acknowledge God and your need for His Spirit?
- How can you be a co-worker with God today?