Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:6-8)
The Jews wanted freedom, and we in the United States understand that. We want freedom at all cost and are afraid the political party we don’t belong to will take our freedom. But true freedom isn’t found in the kingdoms of Israel or the United States, it’s found in the kingdom of God.
When we enter the kingdom of God, we’re called to do crazy things like love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and be gentle. When we don’t do those things, people around us, who don’t know God, will continue not to know God. There’s no reason for them to want what we have.
The apostles were called to make disciples of all nations, to heal, and drive out demons. Those were huge tasks, even for a group of twelve. One might think that Jesus would’ve told them to move on it right away. But He didn’t; He told them to wait. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”
Whenever we’re not loving another or not doing what God has called us to do, it is a clue. Wait. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit. God promises, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”
Father God, help me love everyone around me, even those who aren’t easy to love. I need Your supernatural power to do that, so I pray for the Holy Spirit to come on me. Let me use Your power to love, accomplish everything you’ve called me to do, and leave my bad habits and traits at the cross. In Jesus name I pray, amen.