Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The promise of the Holy Spirit
Mathew Jojin Thomas
Bethany MTC, NY
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.V4
In the fast paced world we live in today, we need every thing at our finger tips. At the click of a mouse or the push of a button we get instant movies , hot coffee or chocolate. Yes, we are living in an instant world where we want to do and have things instantly, because we are not a fan of the waiting game. Even in our prayers, we want them instantly answered and to receive whatever we asked for, but just like the song " In His Time", we need to understand that waiting time is not a no-action time, it’s a preparation time. He is a shepherd who will make you lay down in green pastures so that He can restore our soul and guide us along the right paths for His name’s sake. While He makes you lie down in the green pasture you would have to wait, slowdown from whatever you are doing and prepare to lift His cross up.
Here in V4, Jesus is telling the disciples that they must wait for the gift that the Father promised. Here the key word is wait. As a Christian, one of the purposes of our lives is, spreading the Gospel and that is not an easy task to do. In order to spread the Gospel, first we must know what the Gospel is and we must know how to work with the Holy Spirit. We must use the waiting time to learn to work with the Spirit and once we know how to work with the Spirt as Jesus said in V8 “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”
Still to this day, Gospel has not reached its final destination. If anyone in our family, our workplace, our school or our community haven’t heard the Good News about Jesus Christ, we ought to minister to them. Sometimes just behaving as a Christian could be all that it takes. So the questions that we should ask ourselves are: are we being witnesses of Jesus Christ? Are we making any contributions in spreading the Gospel to His people?
Good and glorious God, give us the wisdom to work with Your Spirit, so that we can glorify You through our words and actions. Amen!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
How can I spread the Gospel today? Can I share the Good News with at least one person today?