READING: Luke 24
“Stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.”
Jesus was preparing to return to His Father, but not before He challenged His disciples to proclaim the gospel “to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). What most captures my attention today, though, is the next command from Jesus: “As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high”(Luke 24:49). Jesus gave His followers an incredible task (an impossible one, actually) – but He did not leave them alone in the work. Instead, He told them not to take a step from Jerusalem until God’s power overwhelmed them and empowered them through His Spirit.
God gives us what we need to do His work, but I wonder how many of us still operate in our own power. I’m most susceptible to that temptation because I don’t like to wait – I want to get at the work now, and I sometimes go ahead of God’s plan. You would think that I would know better by this point of my Christian journey, but I’m still seeking to grow in this area. I want to follow Him with great joy (Luke 24:52), always following His timing and operating in His power.
- Evaluate whether you at times operate in your own power. If you do, confess your tendency to God.
- Determine that this day, you will intentionally and continually seek God’s power through His Spirit who lives in you.
PRAYER: “Jesus, thank You that You are the center of the story, including in the Old Testament. I commit myself to follow You fully today.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch up day