Friday, June 12, 2009

They waited for the gift

I am still hanging out at Pentecost and stopped for a moment to contemplate the following statement:  
“We (the apostles) are witnesses of these things (the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ), and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him." – Acts 5:32 
It is interesting to see that the presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles was correlated to their obedience. I think we can better understand this passage and this correlation between the fullness of the Holy Spirit and our obedience by looking at the following instructions that Jesus gave to the apostles:  
"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." – Acts 1:4b-5   
Would the apostles have experienced the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem if they did not obey God and wait? Would the miracles surrounding Pentecost have happened if the apostles had not obeyed? Would the number of believers have grown to 3,000 on that day if the apostles had not obeyed?     

If we want all that God has for us, if we want to be used by Him, if we want to see His glory, if we want to be used for kingdom advancement, if we want the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives, then we need to obey God. We need to go when He tells us to go and we need to stay when He tells us to stay.  We need to be about His work and fully submit our will to His will. 

If we don’t remain when God has called us to remain, we are being disobedient, and we will miss out on His fullness. If we don’t go when and where He has called to go, we are being disobedient and will miss out on His fullness. Let’s be people who submit to God in obedience and really follow Him. Let’s be people who love God with everything in us and at all times. Let’s be YES men and women. And as a result, we will be people who advance the kingdom of God while being filled to the overflow with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. 

1 comment:

Connection in Christ said...

Nice Post!
Been thinking a lot lately about God's will, and how I can better discern it. Sometimes, I get confused.

God has me a bit occupied right now so I might not leave as many comments...but please know that I still read from this site and it's been an encouragement.

God bless you as you encourage others! :)