Acts 1:4-5English Standard Version (ESV)
4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Jesus took the Holy Spirit very seriously and so should we. As I read this passage recently I suddenly realized that the idea of living the Christian life without the infilling of the Holy Spirit never crossed Jesus’ mind. Regardless of whether you are Baptist, Pentecostal, Charismatic, Catholic or Lutheran (sorry if I left your flavor out), Jesus intended that we all be filled with the Holy Spirit.
One can debate on what the infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit is all they want. What they cannot debate is that Jesus could not see his church, the body of Christ, moving forward on their mission without the active presence of the Holy Spirit.
At the beginning of the book of Acts, Luke makes it clear through the words of Jesus that the only way to live the Christian life successfully is with a vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit, filling every part of our being to the point of complete saturation. Jesus was setting the stage for how he wanted the church and the people who make up his body to live. He was well aware of just how powerful the kingdom of darkness is and he realized that the only way forward was for each and every Christian to receive a fullness of the Holy Spirit into their lives.
Jesus ordered them to do this. There was no option. He order his disciples and many others to not step one foot forward with the Great Commission without first waiting and receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
My challenge to you today is that you stop for a moment and contemplate the words of Jesus in this passage. Then take an honest inventory of your life and ask if you have enough of God in every area of your life, thoughts and actions. Humbly wait and invite the Holy Spirit to baptize you again and again. Make this a regular, intentional practice in your daily walk in the Spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit!