Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. — Acts 1:4
Sometimes when God first starts to reveal our part in His plan, we want to start “doing” right then. There are times that we should move instantly because it might be the only chance we have to witness to a particular person. But if God is calling us to do a work that requires coordination and acceptance by others, we may have to wait while everyone else involved gets lined up. God never sends us unprepared. Jesus was tested for forty days before He began His ministry. Saul spent years in the desert becoming Paul. David spent years fighting battles, running from Saul and was anointed three times before He actually took the throne. Preparation requires patience, prayer, persecution, perseverance, provision and power. There are usually people who disagree with what we think God has called us to do and/or the methodology we use to do it. We must not only be patient with God but with others involved as well. We must endure the negativity and the discouraging remarks. If we persevere, God will give us the provisions and the power. God had prepared the disciples to “go and make” but now He has commanded them to “wait”. Waiting can sometimes be the hardest part. But success will only come if we adhere to God’s battle plan and His timing. We must wait until all the ifs, ands, buts, perhapses, and maybes are gone. Then when the Commander says “charge”, we will be successful in the war.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.— Psalm 27:14 NLT
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.—Romans 12:4-8 NIV
If you have ever had a problem with your big toe, then you are aware of some of the issues it can cause. Our toes, especially the big toe, help us balance and propel us forward when we are walking or running. So, when we have toe problems, our body will naturally try to compensate for that and pretty soon, it will affect the ankle, then the leg, the knee, the hip and the back. If the toe issue continues long enough, we will develop other skeletal problems. Other parts of the body have varying functions. Just try to pick up anything substantial without using your thumb. It doesn’t work so well, does it? the point is for the body to function efficiently, it needs every part doing what it is designed to do. The body of Christ, the Church, is the same way. We are each a part of the body and God has given each one of us a gift to help the rest of the body. If any of us refuse to use the gift we have been given, then, eventually the whole body suffers. If the church we attend isn’t functioning properly, is it possible that we are the malfunctioning body part? Whatever gift God has given you, the body needs it to complete the mission God has given to the Church.