From Pastor’s Desk: 9-18-16
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The power isn’t to make us feel good, though it does. Nor is it to make us act in any certain way as He moves on, in, and through us. But it does. The primary reason for and function of the power that comes with the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian is to be witnesses for Christ Jesus: Who He is, what He did, does, and will do, the result of His vicarious work on the cross, His position as intercessor for us at the right hand of the Father, and His soon return to take us away to be forever with Him in heaven.
That’s the why. In Acts 2:1-4 we see how and when He came to the church. In various Scripture passages we see Him coming upon other individuals throughout the book of Acts.
It’s a good thing to desire this infilling of the Holy Spirit. It is a joyous experience, as those who have experienced it will attest. But too often, as with many good things, we receive them only to hold onto them when sharing them would benefit so many others. This power of The Holy Spirit to witness benefits others in the sense that the church plays a significant part in presenting the gospel, which in turn, with the anointing of The Holy Spirit, draws people to the Father through Christ Jesus.
I would urge anyone and everyone to seek the infilling of the Holy Spirit, but not just to have a “feel good” experience, or just be part of a certain “movement” but to seek Him for the purpose of being empowered to witness effectively so that all people would know of the saving power effected in the wonderful Name of Jesus.
“There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.” (Acts 4:12). That’s the message for which we are empowered to share.