According to yourdictionary.com, the poet author of “Piers Plowman” is credited with penning “Patience is a virtue.” I was reminded of that today during a telephone conversation with a coworker. Sales, especially in my line of work, is a process. In our conversation my coworker reminded me that it is important to be patient and allow the process to play out, because it will play out over time. It was just what I needed to hear, and I thank God for that conversation at that moment. God can use anybody to achieve His divine purpose. We must pray for His intervention and then tune in, for He may surprise you with His source.
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” ~ Arnold H. Glasgow via brainyquote.com
What does this have to do with patience? Sit, sometime, and watch a sunset. You’ll understand.
Devotion on Acts 1:1-11
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus’ words recorded in Acts 1:8.
These are the last recorded words of our Lord before he was taken up to heaven. They are powerful words that reveal God’s ultimate plan for the Messiah to save all the peoples of the world “to the ends of the earth.”
Prior to His final statement, Jesus said something else: “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 1:4b-5. We live in a society that wants everything “now”. We are impatient and demanding. God often tells us to wait – wait for His timing, His purpose, His place, His blessing. When we trust God by obeying His command to wait, we are reminded that His timing and purpose are perfect and we, as a willing vessel, are an important part of His plan.
By now the disciples surely realize that Jesus’ ministry had not ended with His death on the cross. It was really just beginning, and they were chosen to be His first ambassadors to a post-resurrection world. The ambassadorship that started with Jesus’ disciples continues today with each of us. We all have a place in this world – a place in which we interact daily with people who need the hope that only faith in the Lord can provide.
Ponder this: What kind of ambassador am I? Whom do I represent? When people encounter me, do they see Jesus?
My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, Thank you for the privilege of serving You. Keep me ever mindful of my attitude and approach to those around me, that I may be an ambassador that truly glorifies You. Should I be provided the opportunity to share my faith, give me the words that point directly to you. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.