You do not have to wait (Acts 1)

And while staying[a] 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; Acts 1:4

I do not like to wait!!!  In particular I do not like to wait in fast-food drive through lines. The truth is, there are a few restaurants where I refuse to stop because of their slow drive-through lines.

So, if I am not one to wait, then why do I wait to share the gospel?

In Acts 1, Luke records Jesus last days on the earth in one summary verse:

He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

While with the Apostles, Jesus gives two commands to the church:

  • Wait for the Holy Spirit, 1:4-5.
  • Take the gospel to all nations of the world, 1:8.

Brothers and sisters, I have good news, you and I do not have wait any longer.  The Holy Spirit has already come, Acts 2.  You and I, as Christ-followers have power, wisdom, and discernment from God.

So, why do we wait? Brothers and sisters, these are the darkest days in the history of our nation.  If ever there was a time the church needed to take the gospel it is now.  We cannot afford to wait one more day,

I want to challenge every Christ-follower to do the following in the new year:

1. Resolve to overcome your fear in the power of the Holy Spirit, II Timothy 1:6-7.

2. Overcome your forgetfulness by daily reading through your prayer list in a journal you will create.

3. Overcome your flesh by renewing your mind daily in God’s Word, Romans 12:2.

 

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