May 22 | Acts 1:4-5
“And while he was dining with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise, which, “you heard about from me, for, on the one hand, John immersed with water, but on the other hand, you will be immersed in the Holy Spirit after not many of these days.”” (Acts 1:4–5)
Baseball is one of my favorite sports to watch. Since I didn’t play much baseball in my younger years I was wonder what the outfielders do for most of the game. They stand out there for a long time hoping the ball will come their way so they can make a play.
Then we get the moment in the spotlight when they see it coming. All eyes are on them and it’s up to them to have been paying attention, to get in the right spot to catch the ball. But what do they do while they’re waiting?
Jesus ordered the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. They may not have understood it. But they obediently waited for this promise. This baptism of the Holy Spirit, being immersed in his presence, would happen soon for them.
How long have you been waiting to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit? If you have received, how long has it been since you have been filled with the Spirit?
Action Step: Keep seeking the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Ask Jesus for it until you receive. Be patiently persistent. He does just the right thing in his time. He thought it was important enough for the disciples for ministry and he will grant your request.
Jesus, I’m waiting on you to immerse me in the Holy Spirit for the power to witness and minister to others. I know you will fulfill your promise to me. I want to be as effective for you as I can be. Thank you that I will receive the baptism in the Spirit just as you promised.