When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me …
That’s what Jesus promised his first apostles: you will be filled with power … and they were:
- power to boldly proclaim a message of good news
- power to heal broken bodies and broken souls
- power to stand up to fierce opposition and harsh persecution
- power to see what they could not see before — the ever-widening circle of the Lord’s embrace.
You will be filled with power …
Do you feel powerful, empowered, filled with power? Sometimes it seems that for us faith is more about comfort and assurance than about power, more about belief than about action, more about what Jesus can do for us than about we can do in Jesus’ name.
What can we do in Jesus’ name?
- Can we boldly proclaim good news to a world that is cynical, hurting, despairing, splintered?
- Do we expect to bring healing to broken souls and broken bodies?
- Will we stand up and not back down in the face of doubt, derision, scoffing, verbal attacks, political isolation?
- Will we see the still-widening circle of the Lord’s embrace?
I don’t want to be part of a church that is innocuous, self-absorbed, timid. I don’t want to be content with a faith that promises future blessing, but makes no real difference now. I want to know what it is — to explore with you, my fellow believers, what it is — that we can do here and now in Jesus’ name!
Do we believe the good news? Do we believe Jesus is alive? Do we believe Jesus is alive in us? Do we believe that we are filled with power, and are we ready to exercise that power in love, in Jesus’ name, for our neighbor’s sake?