Ever tried watching TV without the power switched on? Chances are it’s going to be boring and lifeless. In some ways that’s like us without the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus died, he rose again and appeared to his disciples, teaching, feeding, and eating with them. He blessed them and gave them instructions to go into the world to make disciples, baptising them, and teaching them. He also said to wait for the Holy Spirit to give them the power they needed to do the job.
The Greek word used for power is ‘dynamos’ which is not an oppressive, authoritarian kind of power. Instead it is the word used for ‘dynamic’ and ‘dynamite’. It is an energy that is explosive, creative, and exciting. That kind of tingling, electrifying power energised a small band of scared, uneducated misfits to start a church movement that has now spread to all parts of the world. This same power is at work in us today for the exact same purposes. It’s a power that increases the size of our hearts (just like the Grinch).
“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5.
By increasing our power to love, the Holy Spirit helps us see everyone around us as people God deeply loves and people who need the abundant, eternal life God offers through Jesus.
Will you let God break your heart for what breaks God’s? Will you allow yourselves to be used by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit to bring healing and purpose to others?
Your Brother in Christ