““Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”” Luke 24:49 (NKJV) The last words of Jesus as recorded in Luke’s Gospel and arguably the most important of Jesus’ instructions to the apostles; oddly enough (one might think) does not pertain to us in the way that it did to those apostles, ( “My Utmost For His Highest” Oswald Chambers, May 27). It is still mandatory that we tarry until we have received the Holy Spirit; however we are not waiting for Him to be given (as were the disciples), we are waiting until we have surrendered to His leadership. Jesus last words from Calvary still ring clearly down through the millennia, “It is finished” (John 19:30) indicating to us that He has completed all that is necessary for us to be recipients of “The Promise of My Father” as well as all of His other promises. To put it in today’s terminology, the ball is in our court; what then must we do? Well, we certainly are bound by His admonition that we wait, but our waiting is not passive as in waiting for a bus or taxi; but the waiting of Isaiah 40:31 where we are waiting on Him by tending to our relationship with the Lord with Holiness as our goal. It is this seeking Him that brings to us the “power from on high”, at this point we simply ask Him for the Promise.
It is here too that so many falter; never asking, only assuming or presuming on God’s grace; and never receive the Holy Spirit. James 4:2 describes this failure; “Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” It is a sad fact that many Christians are in the position of the Ephesian disciples spoken of by Paul in Acts 19:2. To grow in grace and faith it is not enough to rest on our salvation; we must embrace the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we can receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and achieve our kingdom purpose. Do you believe, have you asked? Then get on with it!
“I can almost hear the Trumpet”