You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
What kind of power does it take to forgive wrongs against us, to have patience in adversity, to love those who treat us unlovingly, or to stand up for what is right when it feels as if the whole world is actively pursuing what is wrong?
Today we began reading the book of Acts, in which Jesus' disciples are clearly different from the fearful men in Luke's Gospel. What happened? How were timid, obscure fishermen transformed into bold figures who carried the message of life? The answer is the Holy Spirit. It is the power of God's Spirit that gives life to those who are lost, directs the selection of missionaries, and provides wisdom for governing the New Testament church.
Before Jesus' followers could "go and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19), they had to be equipped for the work. Soldiers don't fight without their weapons, and mechanics don't fix cars without their tools. In the same way, Christians cannot effectively represent Christ unless the Holy Spirit gives them the power to do so. Jesus wanted to make certain his disciples were plugged into the power source of God's Spirit.
From the Greek word dunamis, which means "power," we get our word dynamic. Jesus wants us to work with a spiritual dynamic. It was only through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that the disciples spread the gospel in Jerusalem and then moved out in ever-widening circles until they reached the whole world. Their task was enormous, and it required supernatural ability.
If you are feeling burned out spiritually, perhaps you've been attempting God's work in your own power. Get plugged into the power of the Holy Spirit.
In His strong love,