Tonight we mark the annual waiting for the Christian holy day of Pentecost which will be celebrated tomorrow. (As I write from Northern California it is still Saturday, May 22, 2010 and the time is 10:55pm)
Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus gave the disciples their life’s mission: to let God reveal Himself through them to others, so that they might come to have faith in Him, submit their lives to Him (acknowledge Him as Savior and Lord) and thereby enter into eternal life. They were to go out and make disciples of Jesus Christ of ALL nations (worldwide) in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
However, Jesus cautioned them not to leave Jerusalem until they had received power from on high – the promise of the Father, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In other words, He had indeed given them a job to do, but they would not be able to accomplish it by their own power, but only by His at work in and through them. Without the Holy Spirit the Great Commission would prove an impossible assignment.
God is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. If the disciples of Jesus had to wait until they were endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit, then we must expect it is the same for us. We have the same assignment as the apostles. Within every generation each individual needs the opportunity to choose a life with Jesus as Savior and Lord (thereby accepting and receiving His gift of eternal life) or not. He tells us that once we come to know Him and seek to follow Him, we become His ambassadors on earth, the representation of who He is and how He works to those around us. Beyond coming to faith in Him, this is our life purpose.
We need the Holy Spirit just as much as the apostles. We need His Wisdom, His whisper to us, His counsel, His friendship, His power, etc. We are the vessels. He is the Living Water which flows down from the heavenly throne through us to touch the world.
If we are trying to run our lives for God on our own power by our own plan, perhaps its a good time to stop, pause, pray and rejoice, waiting for more of Him just as the first disciples did. Jesus’ disciples did not know the Holy Spirit would come on the Jewish feast of Pentecost. They simply prayed and rejoiced until He came.
Let us enter into an attitude of seeking more of Him ~ waiting, praying, rejoicing in anticipation of what it will be like when more of His Presence invades our circumstances and the earth.
May God receive all the glory (the credit He is due) in all things. May we continually seek more of Him, that we might be effective ambassadors by the power and direction of His Spirit for the eternal good in the lives of many around us. Not because we can, but because He does.
We are waiting for more of Him, confident He will come.
We need You, Holy Spirit!
What a perfect day to begin a blog which will focus in great part on gaining greater understanding of God’s way versus the way of the world. For God’s ways are higher and better than those of the world. The better we understand, the better we can walk out what He has planned for us with awe, wonder and great rejoicing.
God, pour Yourself out onto us and through us. Use us for Your Kingdom glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Pentecost Vigil 05/22/10 by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2010 www.holyspiritpress.org