Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
When you view Jesus as your Master, you are not waiting on Jesus to do what you can do. You can do what you know Jesus would do as best you can. You can relate to him and to other followers of Jesus. You can be responsible to Jesus and to one another. In other words, waiting on Jesus is not a time of inactivity; it’s full of living your life proactively.
If Jesus is your Master, you’re waiting for Jesus to do certain things:
– To show up in your life as you gather in Jesus’ name. Look for Jesus in your gatherings. He wants to be your primary teacher and leader and will show up to teach you and lead you in your gatherings in his name.
– To give you an answer to your questions and heart’s desires through an impression, a sense of peace, a desire or a thought. Don’t ignore the signs and marks of Jesus in your daily life routine. He is already active in your life, even without your asking him to do so. Take the posture of thanking him for walking with you and for his active presence in your life.
– To bring people into your life who are in need of being restored. My tendency is to go make things happen. Waiting on Jesus is much different; it’s counting on Jesus to already be at work in people’s lives around you. So, as I practice waiting on Jesus, I am asking and seeking those people Jesus is encountering and preparing for a useful touch from me. He sets them up and wants me to show up!
– To bring people into your life who need you to walk with them-for fellowship and/or support. Be sensitive to those who are orbiting around you. Invite them to come along with you as you walk your journey. This is all done in the spirit of Jesus and his all-inclusive manner of life.
I was also directed in my mind to Acts 1 where it says that Jesus gave orders to wait in Jerusalem for next steps! When Jesus caught up with his disciples in Jerusalem after the resurrection, he spent 40 days with them to prove himself to them and to teach them about the Kingdom. What Jesus said to his disciples still speaks loudly to me today: “He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.'” (Acts 1:7-8).
Not waiting on Jesus to return. That’s not the primary act of waiting. We followers of Jesus are waiting for him to be in our lives daily, even moment by moment. This is why we urge Jesus followers to periodically read through the book of Acts. It’s within these 28 chapters that we get immersed into the continued activity of Jesus in the lives of his followers, even after he is no longer physically walking among them. This is why I don’t like to refer to Acts as the Acts of the Apostles. I see it as the Acts of Jesus. When I take the time to read through the Acts of Jesus, I’m encouraged in an existential way to look for Jesus to be more active in my life.