Luke 24:49, KJV: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
Acts 1:8, KJV: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”
Your Jerusalem is your origin; where you master the principles of walking with God; where you experience storms of discouragements; where you make most mistakes and feel like giving up; where you practice the things of God.
How you see and respond to your Jerusalem would determine how far you would go in life and fulfill God’s mandate for your life.
Your Jerusalem is your “going through location” that takes you to your “going to be destination” that God has prepared for you.
Be careful how you handle your Jerusalem. Don’t despise the day of little beginnings, because your Jerusalem is your launch pad into greatness. Don’t toy with the dealings of God for you at your Jerusalem.
CONTINUE STEADFASTLY IN YOUR JERUSALEM
Acts 2:42, KJV: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
You must continue steadfastly in your Jerusalem, it is not a once for all experience. It is a passing through phase for a breaking through.
Your Jerusalem can be your undergraduate or post graduate experience in the university, your present place of work, mission field, a ministry God gave to you and so on; it is meant to prepare you for your uttermost part of the earth.
THE SUDDEN TRANSFORMATION IN JERUSALEM
Acts 2:2, KJV: “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”
Five hundred people saw Jesus ascend to heaven when he gave the instruction “tarry he in Jerusalem” (Luke 24:49), but when they were assembled in Jesrualem to yield to the instruction, only 120 people was there.
What happened to the 380 people that were not there? It was the sabbath day, the day of Pentecost. Every Jew are present in Jerusalem for worship, so they were in Jerusalem but decided to heed to something else.
Have you left your Jerusalem? A moment of deep thinking would do. What’s that instruction God gave you long time ago that you have not given attention or gave up on?
Don’t run away from your Jerusalem, the rushing mighty wind is on the way that would send you to the uttermost parts of the earth.
The 120 stayed in the upper room for days waiting for the sudden transformation. They didn’t not know how long it would be but they were determined, desperate and endured. You have to do the same because you don’t know when God would transform you with the full capacity to reach your world.
May be you are trying to calculate it and you are saying “I have waited so long to get this and that, I am tired of not seeing a trace of the result of my efforts over time”.
Are you comparing yourself with someone else? As the gestation time of animals differ so is the manifestations of individuals. What you are carrying is different and might require more time. That you are not making the headlines now does not necessarily mean you are lazy. There is an appointed time for the manifestation of man who is conscious of and responsible to his Jerusalem.
When you are responsible to your Jerusalem, you are waiting in hope but if you are off it, you will be waiting in vain.
“…Though it may tarry, wait for it for it shall surely come to past..”- Hab. 3:1-4
Romans 8:25, KJV: “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
Hold forth your patience, when you are losing your patience convert it to endurance. Hold forth your endurance, when you are losing your endurance lay hold of longsuffering. Hold forth your longsuffering, you won’t lose your longsuffering because between the periods of your patience and longsuffering lies your sudden transformation. Have you forgotten? All these are fruit of the spirit that we must possess and allow to have their roots in our life.
THE BALANCE WE NEED.
Mark 3:15, KJV: “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach”.
Our uttermost part of the earth is our place of stardom, limelight and exploits when the results of our waiting in Jerusalem because evident for all eyes to see.
After Jesus waited after he had fasted and prayed for 40 days in his Jerusalem, He returned in power and reached out to His uttermost part of the earth (Luke 4).
Ultimately, the first call of a man in the faith is to be in his Jerusalem (at the feet of Jesus). That was the difference Jesus observed from the account of Mary and Martha. One was concerned about her Jerusalem (sitting at the feet of Jesus) while the other was concerned about her uttermost part of the earth (doing works for Jesus).
Unfortunately, some has considered being in their Jerusalem as the only necessity and they lost sight on the need of reaching out to their uttermost part of the earth.
Don’t allow your “going through” stop you or be a yardstick from “reaching out”.
Be faithful here (Jerusalem) so that you can get to the there (uttermost part of the earth) God has prepared for you.
Will you stay in your Jerusalem?
Let us pray!