Day 1 – Acts 1:1-11

Today’s devotion is written by Pastor Vance Rains.

Welcome to Day 1 of our “Summer of the Spirit” daily devotional and journey through the Book of Acts, Each day, there will be a short passage to read from the Book of Acts (today’s is Acts 1:1-11), followed by a brief devotional and questions to reflect on. We hope you will share thoughts, questions and comments. Also, we invite you to join the Facebook group “Summer of the Spirit,” for additional quotes, photos, thoughts, sermons, etc.

Acts 1:4-5 says: On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus’ disciples were in an in-between, transitional, liminal space. During the forty days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, what had been was over, and what would be was not yet. For three years prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, they were followers of Jesus. Now, they were being sent into the unknown world to continue Jesus’ work – but, not yet. Instead of Jesus physically leading them, they needed the leading of the Holy Spirit from within.

Waiting is hard. Waiting in traffic is hard. Waiting for test results can be hard. Waiting for an acceptance letter is hard. Waiting to meet Mr or Mrs. Right can be hard. Waiting for God can be especially hard.

Waiting on God requires faith in who God is, trust in God’s character, and hope for what God will do. We may not know when God will move, or how, or appreciate God’s timing. So, we prayerfully wait, with faith hope and trust, just as the Disciples did.

When is waiting especially difficult for you?

As we begin our “Summer of the Spirit,” are you waiting/hoping/trusting for the gift of the Holy Spirit to come more fully into your life?

Please share your thoughts, comments, and questions.

3 responses to “Day 1 – Acts 1:1-11”

  1. peggy harrell jennings Avatar
    peggy harrell jennings

    I am waiting yet I am also seeking. I need and want a closer relationship with God. I’ve turned into a Doubting Thomas. Overwhelmed with the world’s miseries.


    1. It is hard for the faithful to wait, and wait, and wait, and…. When faith and hope and things unseen feel lost in a world of pain, deceit, and selfishness – patience does not fill a void left in the absence of love.

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  2. I act in the present and have faith that God’s vision for his Church will be made known to me with regard to my evolving role in it and my understanding of it as long as I am still listening in the midst of my actions.

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