We started the C3 May Theme, The Journey to Pentecost, with a review of the Festivals of the Lord and continued with the promise of the Holy Spirit given at Pentecost. Lori continued the journey with a great blog on the Kairos moment we are in, and we will conclude the month with “The Waiting Process.”
The greatest gifts given to all followers of Jesus are the atonement of our sins through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and the gift of the Holy Spirit given at Pentecost. When I reflect on the journey from Passover to Pentecost, the disciples were scared and confused. They had walked with Jesus for three years, devoted their lives to His teaching, watched Him suffer and die on the cross, and spent 40 days with Him in His resurrected state. Now He was leaving them again and ascending into Heaven, but told them not to worry because the gift of the Holy Spirit would empower them to be His witnesses throughout the world.
Luke outlines Jesus’ final words in Act 1:4-9 and in verse 4 he tells them what they must do next, “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command, “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.” In verse 8 Jesus tells them why they must wait, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The waiting process was necessary to receive the promised gift and the power required to fulfill the assignment.
The Purpose of Waiting
Waiting is a difficult process, especially for the type A, entrepreneurial types, that want to make things happen. However, there is usually a purpose behind the waiting. In this case, I can imagine the 120 that followed the commands of Jesus and went to the upper room had great times of fellowship. They were probably processing what had happened in their lives through their journey with Jesus, reviewing the teachings of Jesus, and having an extended time of prayer. In addition, they could be reviewing the events over the last couple of months to determine their next steps and what life would look like post-Jesus. The waiting time between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost was a time of reflection, prayer, and anticipation of what Jesus’ promise of the Gift of the Holy Spirit may look like in their lives.
Many times, we are trying to figure out what we are to do, and God is telling us to wait and press into him. With the current global pandemic, we certainly have had some upper room time and, just like the disciples in the upper room, we too have had time to reflect, pray, and seek His will during this unique period in history. As I was meditating on the purpose of waiting and how we can apply this to our current situation, the verse Isaiah 40:31 came to mind, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” The prophet Isaiah helps us to see the purpose of waiting can be to renew our strength, move to new heights, and gain a fresh perspective for the new things to come. However, if we enter the waiting season with the wrong attitude, the waiting process can be a barrier instead of a launching pad.
Attitude is the Key
When we enter a season of waiting, our attitude can be the difference between growth through the waiting or becoming a barrier to progress. Our attitude is the key that allows us to wait upon the Lord, do the necessary work to prepare for the new opportunities, and trust in Him to guide us through the waiting process. As my good friend Dr. Troy reminds me, “we don’t have to know everything, we just have to be teachable.”
When we are in the waiting process, we can trust in God to guide us and teach us all we are to learn through the process. One of my favorite proverbs is Proverbs 3:5-6, which articulates this thought well, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” God will guide us into the path He has for us and His desire for us is to be empowered by His Holy Spirit to ensure He is doing the work through us, His chosen instruments.
Receive the Power
I imagine the disciples had no idea what the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost would look like and how their lives would be changed. Acts 2:1-4 provides a glimpse of the arrival, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The waiting period before Pentecost had brought them into one accord and prepared them for the promised gift of the Holy Spirit.
As we enter this final week on our journey to Pentecost 2020, which is May 31st, may we be prepared, in one accord, and anticipate a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit. The Father is doing a new thing in this Kingdom Era we are in and we need his Holy Spirit to accomplish the assignments He has for each of us. May we enter this time with excitement and be ready for whatever He will do through us.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.