“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.” Jesus in Luke 24:49
Power as the world understands is seen as growing wealth, increasing strength or positioning one’s authority. All these aspects carry with it a need to invest, exercise and manoeuvre in order to accumulate might. Strangely at Pentecost, the most important posture had nothing to do with human actions, but it was totally God’s doing. The disciples tarried, waited and the Holy Spirit came and filled them with power.
As Christians, God has given us worldly responsibilities but also a heavenly calling. God’s chosen people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation possess a divine duty to be the light in the darkness and to declare the praises of God to those around us. This is where the difference between the secular and spiritual comes in. Power for believers flows from an attitude that relies, rests and releases situations to the Holy Spirit. This is best seen in our waiting, our trusting and our praying. Christians have this additional key to engage the world and to come out stronger.
Paul who overcame shipwreck, persecution, imprisonment, and rejection wrote in Romans 8:37, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” He knew only those who were connected to God’s power could live in Christ’s victory as he stated earlier, “for those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God,” Romans 8:14. This Pentecost, refresh yourself in the ways to connect with power from on high, wait on Him, read His word, pray in the Spirit.
Ps Loke Chi Shyan