Last week we looked at the story of Pentecost and decided we should wait for the Holy Spirit in the same manner that the disciples did. We looked at the fact that they devoted themselves to prayer while they waited and said we would look at two other aspects in ensuing weeks. Today let’s look at the fact that they “waited together.”
We are in the age of “spiritual but not religious.” I think that’s about a couple of things. One is people not wanting to be told what or how to think – which is a failure of understanding what church is really all about. The other; however, is about people not being joiners. Despite the immense rise of “social” media, people are finding themselves more and more alone. To wait together is to defy cultural norms and trends.
And yet, when we wait together we are in fact not just waiting for God, but imitating Him.
This is not easy to accomplish in a busy world. Particularly with the productivity tools we have at our disposal it is often easier to take care of things by ourselves – alone. Isolation has a natural appeal, particularly in an age of “social” media. There is no risk when we are alone, no one can hurt us. “Social” media can give us an imitation of together, but controlled. We do not have to endure the risk to ourselves or the unbearable in others.
But together is the way of things. Some years back I visited Hoover Dam. It is an amazing technological achievement – And it took thousands upon thousands of people to accomplish. I visited with a friend that is a federal employee. He runs a very large government program involving hundreds of souls and requiring coordination between multiple federal and state and local agencies. It is a bureaucratic nightmare and every time he tells me work stories I cringe at the thought of it. But as we looked at a display of the number of people involved in Hoover Dam he looked at me and said, “There are some things only a bureaucracy can accomplish.” He was right.
We live in an age seemingly designed to give us only an illusion of “together.” But “together” is the very image of God in which we were created. As God was together when He created man, so we need to be together to be His instruments to remake the world as He intended it to be.