Go to your room!


Once when [Jesus] 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. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)

My wife, Marti, likes to call this the “Go to your room” command. Jesus made it very clear that after He ascended, His disciples and followers were not to do anything but wait in Jerusalem until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. This must have been a somewhat anxious time. The risen Christ had ascended to heaven in a cloud; they would not see Him any more; and they were supposed to go to their room — the upstairs room of the house where they we’re staying, possibly the same room they had shared their last supper with Jesus — and wait to receive the Holy Spirit. They were to be baptized, or “placed into” the Holy Spirit. Problem was: no one knew what this was. No one knew what they were waiting for.

“Hey you guys, anybody think they might have gotten the Holy Spirit in the last couple hours?” Can’t you imagine the uncertainty? The thing they were waiting for was something they had not experienced. And so they waited. “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus” (1:14).

They did the one thing they could do — pray. Pray and wait and wonder.

I think today Jesus does the same thing. I think He sends us to our rooms to pray and wonder and wait for the Holy Spirit to give us direction. The important thing is that we don’t do anything without Him. Who knows what they would have done if left to their own devices. They could have made a mess of things because it would have been their idea of what they were supposed to do, not God’s. I wonder how much of what goes on these days is people carrying out their idea of what they are supposed to do with no thought to the Holy Spirit. How much do we run ahead of the Spirit?

But how do you know? How do you know if you are relying on the Spirit? Hear are a few signs.

  1. You have a confidence that does not come from your own strength or natural ability.
  2. You have a healthy sense of fear and trembling knowing that God is working in you according to His will.
  3. If the Holy Spirit isn’t involved, you are in big trouble. In other words, you don’t have a fall back. You are out on a limb, so to speak.
  4. You have a fire burning in your soul to be used by God.
  5. You are out of your own resources but running on God’s.
  6. You know what it means to have everything coming from God and nothing from you.
  7. You should be worn out, but you are energized.
  8. In demanding situations, you open your mouth and are amazed at what comes out.
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3 Responses to Go to your room!

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Great message! Waiting on the Lord for direction through His Holy Spirit has I am for a decision to use my multivitamin by a Big Ten University.. I’d appreciate prayers regarding it, in my favor!.
    PS so I can began to see the light to working my way off of disability.

  2. Sandie says:

    Somehow Christians feel they are not effective if they’re not ‘out there’ saving the world for Christ. (Please note we don’t save anyone, Jesus does). There is a time for waiting on the Spirit. I know from my own experience, there were times I should have waited – instead I went on my merry way, dragging the Lord after me as an afterthought….of course He’ll bless this – after all, I’m doing it for Him aren’t I? Wrong, I was doing it for myself. The cleanup afterward was humbling.Yes there is a time for waiting and allowing God His part in the process. The Israelites were told, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!” And that doesn’t mean sitting on your butt and twiddling your spiritual thumbs either…this standing if full of activity – the activity of looking, listening and above all…praying.

  3. jwfisch says:

    A good word, Sandie. Thank you.

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