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.” – Acts 1:8
The Archbishop of Canterbury retweeted a post from the “Thy Kingdom come” account today. It quoted this verse from Acts chapter 1 at the beginning.
If I’m honest, I don’t remember what the main point of the tweet was – I just couldn’t get the verse out of my head.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes.
We only have to watch one of the many dramas on television to see perfect examples of powerless Christians. Whether they be humorous vicars like Geraldine Granger on the Vicar of Dibley to people like Dot Cotton on Eastenders, Christians are portrayed as being tolerated and pointless, and an easy target for comedy. The thing is, in so many cases these portrayals are not too far from the truth. Too many of us are walking around blissfully unaware of the power we have inside us.
I have been one of these powerless Christians in the past, if I’m honest, I go through patches of forgetting the power living inside me and desperate to get out.
Different streams of the church believe different things about the Holy Spirit, and when He shows up in people’s lives. Most agree that the Holy Spirit is the part of the Godhead that lives within a person at the point of conversion. Beyond this the different beliefs are almost as vast as the number of denominations.
Whatever your beliefs, take a moment to ponder the implications of the Holy Spirit coming upon you.
Jesus says we will receive Power.
It is time to start using the power we have. Time to stop trudging through life waiting for heaven. Jesus came into the world to destroy the work of the devil. We get to carry on that work. It’s impossible to do it by ourselves. The possibilities are endless, beyond what we could ask, or even imagine. How do you want to change the world around you?
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.”