October 31
‘They all joined together constantly in prayer,’ Acts 1:14a
Bible reading: Acts 1:1-11 (Go to the Bible passage)
With what tender care the Lord Jesus had guided His disciples to prepare them for the enormous task He had commissioned them with: to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. Three years, they had been with Him, night and day, and had come to know Him, especially in His relationship with God.
After His resurrection from the dead, He had appeared to them over a period of forty days and had spoken about the kingdom of God (:3). And one of these days He had breathed on them and said ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ (John 20:22). After all, they needed the Holy Spirit to serve in this world as messengers of God. For Jesus also had said ‘As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you’ (John 20:21).
What a blessing that in our days many believers again long to receive the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, many seek this for their own benefit and do not understand that God gives His Spirit because of the enormous task He gave us: to fulfill His work here on earth.
I believe that - at the very moment when Jesus breathed on His disciples - they did receive the Holy Spirit as envoys of God: every one of them became a temple of the Spirit. But now they had to wait for the power, the authority of the Spirit, with which they had to be clothed to enable them to fulfill the task entrusted. Because the Spirit came to dwell in their hearts, they were able to persevere in waiting (Galatians 5:22).
And we - who are born again and willing to be involved in this mission - will receive power from heaven if we are prepared to wait for it, knowing that without this power we are useless for the coming kingdom of Jesus.
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