Title: The Holy Spirit Empowers Our Mission
Scripture: Acts 1:8 (ESV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Explanation: One of the great promises Jesus left with His disciples (and with us) when He resurrected back into heaven was that he would send His Holy Spirit, the Helper (John 14:26), to be with us in whatever endeavors He would call us to in our lives. In our reading today, Jesus uses the word “power” to describe the experience we will have when we receive the Holy Spirit. This is precisely what we need in both our everyday lives and in the ministry God has laid out for us. Culture will often commend the individual who uses their own power to accomplish something, but we were not designed to accomplish anything by simply using our own power. Our power is such a diluted version of the true power that will be at work in us when we allow the Holy Spirit to empower us.
When Jesus initially spoke these words to His disciples, they were in desperate need of a power outside of their own. They had walked with Jesus in person, and rightfully relied heavily on the power He provided to them, but now that Jesus was not physically with them, life had just gotten dramatically more difficult. This is true for us as well. Life is dramatically more difficult when we rely on our power. As mentioned earlier, our power is such a weakened version of what we need to survive. Often our power will run out, and then we are left completely powerless to move forward. This is the opportune time to receive the Holy Spirit and begin to walk in the limitless power that the Spirit of God can provide. The disciples needed it then, and we need it now.
- Describe a moment when you felt powerless.
- Describe a moment when you received the Holy Spirit and received power.
- Why is the Spirit’s power so much better than our own?
- How would you like to grow in your dependence upon the Holy Spirit?
- How might your life look different if you relied more on the power of the Holy Spirit?