Daily Dose, May 13 — Acts of the Apostles

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ (Acts 1:1-5)

Waiting is difficult. We wake up ready to get going. It’s time to make things happen. Waiting can feel like a complete waste of time. But waiting can be a very significant ingredient in the recipe of life. Music has pauses and rests. Luke did careful research and informed his friend, Theophilus, that the command to WAIT was a clear word from Jesus to the Apostles. Wait here in Jerusalem, said Jesus. Wait on God to keep His promise to send the Holy Spirit, ordered Jesus. They needed to be filled with God’s redeeming power and love. The same is true for every devoted Christian. We tend to be full of ourselves and full of ideas. We need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not turn us into super religious experts who have all knowledge so as to move mountains. (see I Corinthians 13:2) The Holy Spirit fills our hearts and minds with the love that was in Christ Jesus. We want to share our experience of Christ because his life and message is the medicine that heals broken lives. Wait said Jesus and they did wait. Amazing power changed them and pushed the message of Christ all over the Mediterranean region and beyond. The same will happen right here, right now if we will wait on God and be filled with His Holy Spirit. --Dr. Don Martin