After Jesus ascended into heaven in Acts 1, we get a glimpse of the disciples’ first job assignment. They were asked to wait. Right where they were. The were asked to wait to receive.
At first glance, this seems passive. But with deeper experience, the realization comes – waiting isn’t easy. Most of us don’t want to wait right where we are. In fact, we spend a lot of time trying to move forward to get ahead and see what is next. We spend time grasping, reaching, and striving. But the precursor to the birth of the church at Pentecost was the obedience of the disciples in waiting. Without waiting to receive the Holy Spirit, the church wouldn’t have had any power.
Are you receiving from God? Are you waiting on Him? Pray that God would give you the gift of the spirit as you wait patiently. You may do things, but there will be no kingdom impact without the Holy Spirit at work in you.
Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 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. Acts 1:4 & 8