Gone, but NOT Gone

Acts 1 1-12

This is the account of Jesus last moments with his disciples.  He leaves them with a promise that they will not be without Him.  In fact, what He is doing will ultimately leave them better off than if He had stayed.  There are a few things in these scriptures that I’d like to highlight today.

First:  They were commanded not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait on the Father’s promise. Too many Christians use “waiting on the Lord” and “praying” as an excuse for their lack of service and consequently miss the blessings of service to the Lord.  There are times, however, when the Spirit does hold us back and require us to wait.  Moving forward at these times will leave us working in our own strength, outside the will of God, and that is NOT where we want to be.  When He does tell us to wait, it is usually not for long and it is for the purpose of preparing us for the work.  In other words, He is not inactive in our life during the waiting time.

Second:  There is a difference between water baptism and Spirit baptism.  Water baptism is a wonderful representation of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  It is done in obedience to God’s word. John was unwilling to baptize Jesus, but Jesus said “Permit it at this time; for in this way, it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

Baptism of the Spirit is the indwelling of Jesus in us, to perform His work and will in the world.  You can receive water baptism and not be saved, but you cannot receive the Spirit of God and not be saved!

Third:  We are called to be witnesses of the work of Jesus Christ in our lives!  Have you experienced God working in your life?  If you have, you need to share those experiences with others, so that through you they will see Christ working and know that He is still alive and acting through His servants – the Church.

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