But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)
I desperately need that. What do you desperately need? I desperately need your power. Why is that? I have learned, over and over again, that apart from you, I can doing nothing. Without, your power I am weak. Without, your power I am timid. Without, your power my life will neither bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. That is why I desperately need your power. You have given a good answer. You clearly do know why you need my power.
When will my power come upon you? Now that is a good question. Your power will come upon me when I need it. Your power will come on me as I step out in faith to be your witness in the world. Your power will come upon me as I rely on you to do the work of ministry. I know all this might seem obvious to all, but not to me. How so? I have wanted your power to be on me all the time. I have wanted your power to be with me even when I did not need it. I have expected to receive your power well in advance of doing any work of ministry. I know this will sound silly. I have wanted your power even while casually thinking about being your witness in the world or before doing any work of ministry. I don’t think that is how your power works. How do you think my power works? I think you specialize in the just in time delivery of your power. Why is that? What will happen to you if you step out in faith and then expect my power to make you able to be my witness in the world? My faith in you will grow. My reliance on you will be surer. I will know without a doubt that is you that is working in and through me. You are giving me your power and strength. You are making me bold and courageous. You are making me able to be an abundantly fruitful witness for you in the world. You are helping me to bring glory to your name. I will know, as will everyone else, that all the praise and honor and glory go to you and not to me. So, my just in time delivery of all the power you will need is a very good thing isn’t it? Yes, it is. It pleases me that you know this to be true. Thank you, Lord.
Holy Spirit, empower me a be a witness for Christ in the world today. Make me bold and courageous. Use the words of my mouth to make the Good News of the Gospel known to others both near and far away. Help me to bear fruit and bring glory to His name. Amen
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