To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Some churches are always waiting and some other churches are always working. Rather the case should be that all churches are both waiting and working churches.

The waiting church is always pushing back to God, but never moving forward into activity. Whilst the working church is always busy with its programs, but never taking time to seek after the Lord.

If you study the schedule of a church you can generally tell in which direction the church is veering. A lot is revealed by what is contained in the calendar of the church. The waiting church has lots of prayer times. The active church has lots of services and events and activities.

So where are we to be with these things? How are we to get the balance? The most important thing is to start in the right place. The believers at the beginning of the book of Acts were urged to wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them. Whilst with his apostles  we read of our Saviour: And while stayingwith 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 water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit not many days from now (Acts 1:4-5)A principle is set here for us to be waiting upon the Lord as a first priority. 

Waiting must always come before working, but waiting should never be alone. In Acts chapter 2 we see the working church bearing witness to the mighty grace of our Lord.

Moreover we see in Acts 2 how their work is effective work as we see the dramatic impact they have as they testify to the Lord and His ways and declare the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Their labour is not in vain as they see many won for the Lord Jesus.

So we learn for our churches, but also with great personal relevance that when we prioritize waiting we will always be settling ourselves up in a good way. However, if we do not move forward into working then the value of our waiting can be lost.

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