Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.
Luke 24:49, NKJV
Heather and I (& Zoe) are in the process of moving from New Orleans to Ohio. I was thinking today about all of the changes and transition taking place in our lives: the excitement of a new adventure, but the sadness of moving away from friends and family; the interest of new things to come, but the conflict of leaving behind familiarity. We’ve all been at times of transition in our lives. The catchphrase, “The only thing that never changes, is change itself,” is certain in this life.
As I was pondering this new adventure in Heather and I’s life, I began to think about God’s glory being displayed in the transformation of our lives as believers. For believers, change is inevitable. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul said that we are being transformed or “metamorphosized” from glory to glory. Instead of worrying or being fearful about change, we have the opportunity to embrace the new things God is working in us and through us. In Isaiah 43:18-19, God says to forget the former things because he is doing a new thing. In other words, what God is doing in this new season would blow your mind if you tried to compare it to the last season. God wants you to look more and more like Him!
The disciples found themselves in a season of change and transformation at the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. As a matter of fact, the reality of Christ’s absence and persecution drove them into hiding. Amazing that after all their time with Christ, fear and conflict still gripped their emotions. You are in good company if you feel the tides of change and the uncertainty they bring.
Jesus’ final words to them recorded in Luke offer hope to us today in the midst of life’s uncertainties. “I send the Promise of My Father…” God has not left us alone. The Holy Spirit has come and He guides us; He reveals the Father to us; He comforts us; He continues the ministry of Christ in us and through us. As you face times of change and transformation, wait on the “Promise.” In Romans 8:26, Paul declares the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. As God is at work in our lives, the Holy Spirit is our advocate, walking with us step by step on the journey.
Here are some of thoughts regarding transition:
- Transition provides us opportunity to thank God for what He’s done in the past.
- Faith and expectancy should increase during transition. Jude says we can build ourselves up by praying in the Spirit.
- During transition our character imperfections and areas of growth are exposed.
- The ultimate end of transition is that we learn to yield more and more to Christ’s work in us—becoming more like Him.
- In the midst of transition, Christ had a specific person (the “Promise of the Father”), specific place (Jerusalem), and a specific purpose (endued with power from on high) for his disciples. God has a specific plan for your life. Transition has a desired outcome.
- Christ did not tell the disciples the specific time, He simply said “wait.” Remember that God makes all things beautiful in His time (Ecc 3:11). God’s timing is perfect. This time of waiting often is the true transition in which we move from what was, to looking with expectancy to what will be.
- God gives us His promises to hold onto during transition. This promise of waiting for the Holy Spirit’s empowerment became the anchor for those who would take hold of it.
- Those around you may have plenty of negative things to say while you are in transition. They may even leave you alone in the upper room to wait by yourself. God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). It’s worth the wait.