This past Sunday Pastor James talked about the way we typically see ourselves when it comes to our ability to do what God has called us to do compared with how God sees us when it comes to what He’s called us to.
Often times we approach what seem like impossible demands in Scripture and wonder how we will ever be able to measure up. Demands like:
– Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice always
– James 1:2 – Find joy in trials
– Psalm 94:22 – Let the Lord be your defense
– Matthew 5:44 – Love your enemies, and pray for them
Life is hard enough, and then we add all of this on top of it. We look at those Scriptures, and others, and think, “That’s impossible!”
The most well-known command in Scripture was given by Jesus to His disciples in Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus here is giving the disciples, a bunch of teenage boys, all of His power and authority.
The question was asked in a home ministry last week, “Was Jesus crazy for doing this?”
Was Jesus crazy for giving these men, who still did not really understand what was going on, all of His power and authority?
Sometimes we can feel like Jesus was crazy to have given us the power and authority that He has. We have trouble understanding how He could have ever chosen us. We know our weaknesses and think that they should be more than enough to disqualify us.
It’s at that point that we only have 2 options. Either,
– Jesus lost His mind, or;
– He knew something that the disciples didn’t know.
John 16:5-7 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
Here Jesus tells the disciples that it is actually good that He leaves them, because it was only by His leaving that the Holy Spirit would come. Yet, the disciples still didn’t get it. They did not understand how anything could be better than having Jesus there with them.
They were more focused on trying to be like Jesus, when Jesus really wants us to be Him to the rest of the world. The promise was not that Jesus would be here, but that He would come and fill us with the Holy Spirit.
Scripture defines the Holy Spirit as power. Jesus never intended for us to simply try to be like Him. He wanted to give us something that we could never get on our own.
Read Acts 1:4-8
Right before Jesus goes back to be with the Father, He commands the disciples to wait for the promised Holy Spirit. They were to receive power when the Holy Spirit fell on them.
What kind of power do we receive when we receive the Holy Spirit?
– Power to overcome
– Power to be holy
– Power to be the husband, wife, or parents we are called to be
To summarize, the Holy Spirit gives us power to see the instructions in the Word not as demands but as provisions.
He has provided a way for us to rejoice always, love our enemies, and find joy in difficulties.
Do you need the power today that only the Holy Spirit can give you?