Wednesday – April 4, 2018 – Waiting Versus Receiving.
Acts 1:4-5 (NIV) On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Waiting can be valuable or it can be detrimental. It can be detrimental when you wait for the wrong reason or when you wait passively. We all know that when you go into a higher-class restaurant, you have people who wait on you. They are not passive in their waiting, they are highly attentive, and the better waiters try and anticipate what your desires are. They will have the water pitcher at the ready when you desire a drink. They will provide extra napkins when needed. They will bring the food to your table when it is piping hot and ready to eat. You never have to look for them or wonder what they are doing.
It serves you well when you wait on the Lord, anticipating His desires and being ready to minister when others have needs.
That is why it is so important to be immersed in the Holy Spirit’s presence, so the needs of others can be met. I come from a Pentecostal background and one of their primary teachings was that you needed to wait for the Holy Spirit to come on you to enable you to speak in tongues. That came from a literal interpretation of the Scripture (wait until the Holy Spirit comes). If they were to take the whole Scripture literally, we would have all needed to board a plane to Jerusalem and wait there. Once the Holy Spirit came and you spoke in tongues, you had been baptized in the Spirit and there was little else left for you to do. The emphasis was on waiting and speaking and until that happened, you were useless to the Kingdom of God and once it did happen, you had achieved what needed to be achieved.
The fact is that once the Holy Spirit came the first time, there was no need to continue to wait. He is ready to fill and empower you to do what you cannot do on your own. The only thing you need to do is to be ready and willing for Him to use you in ways that are beyond your capacity.
Prayer: Thank You, Holy Spirit for immersing me in Your presence and enabling me to do the impossible.