“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,” Acts 1:8.
Among evangelical believers, the Holy Spirit has received little press. We tend to be strong on sin, justice, the Word, and the Great Commission, but our daily dependence upon the Spirit’s power has been woefully overlooked.
The passage above reminds us that the Spirit’s presence and power in our lives is indispensable.
- We cannot be who God intends for us without the Holy Spirit unleashed in our lives.
- We cannot accomplish what God intends for us without Holy Spirit power surging through us.
It is, in actuality, impossible.
And what is the focal point of the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives? As first eight states clearly, to be His witnesses.
- Would it be an overstatement to say that if we fail to be his witness, we lack the Spirit’s empowerment?
- If this is the ultimate issue for which the Spirit was given (and it is in this passage), could we assume that failing to engage in this central mission as a disciple of Jesus reveals a distracted powerless believer?
It is so natural for me to choose disengagement from my neighbors and acquaintances in the spiritual realm of things. I have manufactured lots of good reasons for this (and I’m guessing you may have, too). But I’m quite certain that truth is this: My lack of witnessing about Jesus is an accurate reflection that the Holy Spirit is not upon me to the degree that God intends.