MTP 8: Begin Again

On my desk, is a smooth, black stone, about the size of my palm.  On it, are engraved two words: “Begin again.”  The rock was a gift from my mother, and I love to look at each morning, before I get down to work.

We are about to “get down to work” in the second full year as Foundation Church: We have only been worshiping week by week, for a little over four months, but we are entering the second year of our life, together.  And we are about to start worship at a new time, on a new day: Sunday mornings, 10:30am.  I know you’re ready to have your Saturdays back, and our family is, too.

As we make this transition to a new time and day, let’s get this passage from the first chapter of the Book of Acts, firmly planted in our hearts and minds:

‘Jesus presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with waterbut you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”’ (Acts 1:3-5)

This takes place after the resurrection – after many disciples thought that their ministry was over.  But here, Jesus says: Begin again.  And the way he wants his disciples to begin, is the way that we must begin – and continue in – our work: Wait.

“‘Wait’,… wait what?!”  Yes: Wait.  To wait on the Lord is the most productive thing we can do.  To wait on the Lord means to pray; to fellowship with one another, showing one another brotherly and sisterly love; to ask the Lord what he wants from us in this next season of Foundation Church.

And – most of all – to wait, means to ask for God to baptize us with the Holy Spirit: To arrive among us, in power, to give us strength, direction, and purpose, as we put our hands to the plow.

Join me in this prayer, this week, and each week after, as we begin again, and make the transition to a new worship time:

“Lord, pour out your Spirit upon us.  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon us.  Lord, pour out your Spirit upon us.”

A simple prayer, but if we persevere in it, a prayer that calls down the power of God into the work that we do in his name, through Foundation Church.