Acts 22:16 “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptised and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”
Paul was told he had been chosen and he was told what God had purposed for his life. Then comes the exciting question: what are you waiting for?
We have a picture of Paul just standing there waiting for some further instructions or more revelation, waiting for Ananias to tell him something else that he needed to know. He was waiting. Why?
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24: 5-6)
“Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
Maybe today you are found waiting. You think you are waiting for God to move but perhaps He is waiting for you to move?
It is so much easier to stay in bed and wait for destiny to knock at your door than it is to get up and do what you can do.
Without losing wisdom and being able to understand the times we live in, we must seize the opportunity of the moment. Cautiousness can be the plague of the Church. Deliberation can debilitate. Behind me as I write this blog are shelves of books. They are the books of my life, various tools that have helped me in my journey, some that I purchased over 30 years ago. When I enter my office these books shout at me trying to get my attention. Amongst all the voices wanting to pull me back to a certain genre, there is one shouting the loudest. This is the voice that shouts from even the titles of the books and it is akin to the question today, “What are you waiting for?” You see these books were bought and read during chapters of my life when I was running the race fast, pursuing God eagerly, high expectations, huge faith, a passion to go, see and do. As I enter the last third of my working life, what will the next 15 years hold for me? More importantly how will I run the race?
My son will come home for Christmas and we are going to play squash, a sport that I really love to play. He is better at it than me, though there was a time when that was not the case. He is faster and has more energy. These days I have to use wisdom more than force, I have to play skilfully. But one thing will never change, though I might tire easier, when I go onto the court I am as determined and as passionate to win as I have ever been.
What are you waiting for?
I am not going to live my life in fear of what might happen. I will not back down or slow down in my mind or wait for everything to be perfect. The time I have on this earth is less than I had when I started collecting books and playing squash. I will pursue, move, think, speak, dream and act with the same passion that I have ever had. I am not going to slow down because people cannot keep up. I am going out onto the court of life to win. That is my commitment. I don’t care what it looks like. It might be like my second marathon when the last 3 miles I ran to the finishing line incredibly fast but for those who were watching me it looked like I was walking. However, I will know that inside I was determined, I was passionate and I gave my all for Jesus.
And now what are you waiting for? Nothing …. Here I come!