Staring at the Sky
“They also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go’” (Acts 1.11 TMSB).
After Jesus was resurrected back to life, He showed Himself before many people, including His apostles. He explained that He had to be taken up, so God would send them the Holy Spirit. Jesus told the apostles to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit, but that didn’t mean they could all stand around staring where Jesus disappeared. Once Jesus vanished into thin air, two angels confronted the men who were gaping at the sky. They said that Jesus would come back the same way He left, and there was no sense in just waiting for Him. The apostles had work to do. They were to use the power of the Holy Spirit that God would unleash onto them to be witnesses onto the world—witnesses of Jesus’ saving grace and salvation. The Holy Spirit has authority and power He wants to impart on each of us, but we can’t wait around for it. We need to continue to obediently work in the calling God has given us, believing that He will ignite us with His power as we learn to trust and follow Him. It’s not about earning the Holy Spirit’s power; rather, it’s about having the character to use it with integrity and obedience. God wants to anoint us with His authority, but we can’t just sit around staring off into space waiting for it to fall on us. We must be about the Father’s business, working in our weakness so God can pour out His strength.
“If the Holy Spirit can take over the subconscious with our consent and cooperation, then we have almighty Power working at the basis of our lives, then we can do anything we ought to do, go anywhere we ought to go, and be anything we ought to be.” – E. Stanley Jones