You Are More Powerful Than You Think

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Acts 1:8

[8] 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.”

Here’s what happened. I had a super late night the night before, I got 4 hours of sleep, and I didn’t eat anything when I woke up. So you can imagine how well I did when I tried to exercise that morning. Ten pound weights felt like thirty, and twenty five pound weights felt like fifty. I got halfway through the workout and gave up.

I had no energy or power. I was finished.

Now this little story could have been an illustration for what happened to the first disciples after Jesus ascended into heaven. They could have tried to follow Jesus on their own strength and eventually they would have fizzled out. In the end they would have either turned away from Jesus or they would not have been so bold in spreading the message of Christ in the Roman world. They would have become like many churches today and eventually fizzle out.

But something different happened. Jesus didn’t tell them to be his witnesses and then leave them without help. No! He promised that he would give them power to boldly be his witnesses in Jerusalem (their town), Judea and Samaria (their region), and to the ends of the earth.

He gave them what they needed; super natural, God given power to complete the task and purpose he gave to them.

As Christians, our task is the same today as it was for the first disciples. As Matthew 28:19-20 says:

[19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We are called to be people who live out and spread God’s kingdom. But here’s the problem. We seem to easily grow weary in this task. We get consumed by the cares of everyday life. We struggle to step out and talk to people about what we believe. We struggle in our ability to live a life that pleases God and actually shows people what he is like.

Now, we could just say that we are sinners who are imperfect so this is always how it will be. But we would be missing something important.

God, through Christ, has given us supernatural power. We have the Holy Spirit of God living inside of us, and he empowers us to live, work, and speak in ways that honor God and show people who he is and what he is like. We have power to be his witnesses and to see his kingdom grow.

Will we do this perfectly? No! Will we mess up? Yes! But that doesn’t mean we should sell ourselves short of a living in a radically transformed way. We should embody radical love, radical servant-hood, radical generosity, radical joy, and a radical commitment to holiness. We should embody Christ. Why? Because our God and his power live inside of us.

Let’s stop selling ourselves short of a Holy Spirit empowered life. Let’s begin to believe, pray and live as if God’s power is in us, and will work through us to accomplish his amazing kingdom purposes.

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