When Jesus rose from the dead, he spent a few more weeks with his disciples. After convincing all of them he was actually alive again, he gave them some final inspiration, and they were ready to GO!
I would imagine they resembled a team about to take the field at the Super Bowl, ready to spill out of the tunnel to do some damage to the kingdom of darkness. They’d been saved, trained, and commissioned and their Leader had come back from the dead and it all made sense now.
But Jesus gave them what might have been a frustrating instruction before he ascended to the side of the Father in heaven…
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.”
~ Acts 1:4-5 NIV
When something significant happens in our lives, spiritually, we’re ready to charge at hell with a water pistol. And while God certainly never condemns our enthusiasm and doesn’t want us to drift toward apathy in any respect, he also knows that his great purposes for our lives take time to work out.
To make the biggest impact possible on the world around you, you’re going to need more patience, more knowledge, more wisdom, more power, and more of an experience of his grace. You need maturity and fortitude, and those are qualities that take time to develop. You find them in the fire.
When it comes to your relationship with God, don’t hold back. But when it comes to how you engage the world, wait on the prompting and the power of God. And when you have your assignment, go out with passion!