Sent in Divine Power
Published by Terri Smith on Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:55pm
By: Steve Becker
John 20: 21-23
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you ... receive the Holy Spirit.”
In the preceding passages, Jesus speaks with a human voice. He shows the disciples the wounds in his human hands. And he breathes on them with human breath.
In Jesus, God has shared our humanity so we can share his divinity (2 Peter 1:4). With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we share in the divine nature of God. It’s not just for our own personal benefit, but also to make a difference in the world around us. He dwells in us to continue the bringing forth of God’s kingdom, not in human power, but in the divine power of the Spirit, often in thousands of small, personal ways.
The Holy Spirit joins us with the life of the Trinity; amazing, isn’t it? God has sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts to experience the fullness of the love the Father and Son share. The Spirit is inseparable from the Father and Son. He is the love of the Father for the Son and the love of the Son for the Father. He is the fullness of the love of God.
God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5) This gift bears great fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
The aim of Christian life is to let the Holy Spirit continually grow in us. Just as we want to grow our investments or acquire more wealth, we should constantly be making the most of every opportunity to grow in the Spirit.
As we reach out to others in our workplace with the love of God, we ourselves are transformed. As we abandon ourselves and rely on God and his Spirit working in and through us, we grow.
He has freely given the Spirit to us to be poured out on those with whom we work or serve. Earthly riches decrease when we distribute or spend them, but heavenly riches, like the fruit of the Spirit, increase when we give them away.
By exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in love and good works, no matter how small, everyone profits – the kingdom, those being blessed and those doing the blessing.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: A good starting point for pouring out the Holy Spirit on others is to set aside our own personal interest and take an interest in the welfare of others. Who is the Lord sending into your life today?