Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: November 21, When pausing equips better than going…
- Acts 1:1-26
- Acts 2:1-47
“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
What a message the disciples had to share. The Christ had risen from the dead, conquering death and sin. As Jesus continued teaching post-resurrection, the disciples had to feel the urge to share. If it happened in this day, Twitter trending would launch through the roof. #JesusIsRisen #ProphecyFulfilled #YouBetterBelieve #NoTombCouldHoldHim
Yet Jesus, who at the end of Matthew send the disciples to all the world, asked them to sit tight. Rather than unleash the gospel on the world, Jesus commanded them to stay put. They didn’t yet have all they needed to be fully equipped. Jesus knew the power of the Word they already had. And He knew the strength they would need to endure the years ahead. In order for the Word to continue beyond what these men around Him could do, the Spirit needed to be in them. Jesus equipped them by making them stop first. This pause, this command to stay until the Spirit came, would give them the best opportunity for success.
Is Jesus asking you to pause? Is He leaving the door cracked just enough for you to see what is coming but not enough for you to strike out on the quest He gave? Be careful to not push through instead. Imagine if the disciples hadn’t waited for the Spirit. The same sad consequence could be yours if you go forth without His support.