Reading: Acts 1: 1-11
All too often we are like the disciples. Jesus tells them that they will soon receive the Holy Spirit. He has taught and built them up so that they can carry on His work as they go out to share the good news and to build the church. He has told them that it is better that He goes so that the Holy Spirit can come. It is now their moment to shine. And they ask if now is the time He will restore the kingdom of Israel. I can just see Jesus’ head drop and His shoulders slump as He let’s out a long sigh.
We too have the promise of the Spirit dwelling in us. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior then the Holy Spirit enters our heart and seeks to lead and guide us. We are reminded in scripture that the Spirit will give us what we need, the words to say, the thoughts to share. We are told that God will never put us in a situation we cannot handle and that He will never give us more than we can bear. Yet we don’t always live into these things. We too ask, “God, won’t you just do this for me?”
We cannot expect the kingdom to grow if we are not willing to be co-laborers with God. We cannot begin by pursuing our own agenda, hoping that God will join us somewhere along the way. Our God is a big God and can alter our life anytime He wants to bend us to His will. But that is not how He operates. He desires our love, our obedience, our willingness to serve. It is when we offer all of these and when we prayerfully seek His lead that we can make the greatest impact for His kingdom. Each day we must strive to offer our all to God. Each day we must hand all control over to Him. It is then that we begin to live for His glory.