Bible Passage for Meditation: Luke 24:44-49
Key Verse: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
In Matthew 28 we find the Great Commission, the commission for which countless millions have given their lives. The Bible tells us simply, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (vv. 19, 20).
The commission is clearly to GO! And most of Christianity today revolves around this single command. It’s the command that dominated much of the early years of my ministry as well. But all too often, something has been forgotten. Before we go forward, we must wait for something. We must wait for power from on High.
Luke 24:49 tells us, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
While we as Adventists are looking forward to the soon coming of Christ, there is something that we should be seeking even more, for without this gift, Christ will never return. And that is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. For it is only the Spirit that will convict the world of sin and prepare us for Christ’s soon coming (see John 16:8).
In the words of Pastor Ron Clouzet, “Christ is far more interested in our fitness for His return than we should be in the timing of His return” (Adventism’s Greatest Need, by Ron E. M. Clouzet, p. 33). That’s why, in Christ’s final message to the disciples before He ascended to heaven, rather than focusing on His return, His message was, “Wait! Don’t leave Jerusalem until you’ve received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. It will come, but wait for it!”
Ellen White writes, “It is the absence of the Spirit that makes the gospel ministry so powerless. Learning, talent, eloquence, every natural or acquired endowment, may be possessed; but, without the presence of the Spirit of God, no heart will be touched, no sinner won to Christ. On the other hand, if they are connected with Christ, if the gifts of the Spirit are theirs, the poorest and most ignorant of His disciples will have a power that will tell upon hearts. God makes them channels for the outflowing of the highest influence in the universe” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, pp. 21, 22).
This is an amazing promise! Here we see that God is no respecter of persons. He’s just looking for humble servants willing to connect their weakness to His unlimited strength.
Are you willing to allow Christ to be your strength today as you witness to those around you? If you are, there’s no limit to what God might do through you!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, as we continue praying for our church and seeking to be a witness to those around us, we pray that You would help us not to rush ahead in our own strength trying to do Your work. We cannot do this work without You. We need You to fill us and make us vessels able to be used for your glory. Please connect Your strength with our weakness. We want to go home. We need You, Jesus. In Your precious name, Amen.
By Melody Mason
(Melody is author of Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer and coordinator of 100 Days of Prayer. She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. To read more of Melody’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)
Additional quote for e-mail:
The Desire of Ages tells us, “Thus Christ gave His disciples their commission. He made full provision for the prosecution of the work, and took upon Himself the responsibility for its success. So long as they obeyed His word, and worked in connection with Him, they could not fail” (p. 822).