onsdag 31. mai 2017

Follow the instruction – a time for everything *

In the account following Christ's ascension, I notice several important factors that are important for the fulfillment of the promise. Individually they are strong, but the combination of them is of dynamic importance. Today I stop with the first one:
Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem
Acts 1:12
That the disciples returned to Jerusalem is an act of obedience to Jesus' clear instructions not to leave the city. 

I do not think that they fully understood what was about to happen, but they believed in him who gave the command to wait in the city. Therefore, obedience is also an expression of faith. 

The disciples certainly had no idea of the impact it was going to bring. If it had been a requirement to believe all this, I think the apostles would have remained on the Mount of Olives and under the leadership of Peter built "cottages" or waiting rooms with skylights where they could continue to watch the sky and wait for his return. But the first step in obedience was to move back to Jerusalem.
I have reflected on the connection between faith and obedience many times in my ministry. This simple statement about returning to Jerusalem confirms the importance. Faith is about doing what Jesus asks me to do, and that is also all I have to worry about. 

'Manna' for today:

Following the instructions is vital for the outcome
 'A time for everything' is connected with the Bible's teaching about a 'season for every activity' Eccl 3 This series is about the teaching in the time between Easter and Pentecost

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