The lessons from the waiting period of the disciples in Acts 1 are valuable in strengthening our own faith and readiness for mission. Here are some steps on how we can wait on God and simultaneously make meaningful use of our time:
Community and Prayer: Like the disciples, we should gather in community with other believers and pray together. This strengthens our faith and connection with God and fellow believers. We can pray for wisdom, strength, and guidance to fulfill the mission God has for us.
Stay Aligned: While waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises, it is important to align our perspective with what God wants to do in our lives. We should be aware that we are part of God’s larger plan and be prepared to accept His guidance.
Preparation and Planning: The disciples prepared logistically for their mission by selecting a replacement for Judas. Similarly, we should prepare for our missionary activities, whether it’s planning outreach programs, training community members, or utilizing our resources to proclaim the gospel.
Patience and Trust: Waiting for God’s timing can sometimes be challenging, but it’s important to have patience and trust that God will fulfill His promises. Our faith is strengthened when we trust that God is at work during our waiting period.
Active Engagement: While waiting for God’s intervention, we should not be idle but live actively in our faith and drive the mission forward. This might involve serving people in our surroundings, sharing the gospel, and seeking opportunities to bring God’s love into the world.
The waiting period can be a time of growth and preparation. By waiting on God and actively engaging, we can strengthen our faith and better prepare for the fulfillment of the mission God has for us.