This post is part of my series for Write 31 Days (writing on a prompt every day during the month of October). I may not be posting on the blog every day, but you can find an index page where all the posts in the series will be added here. The prompt today is “power.”
I’ve started reading the book of Acts this week, and I’m struck afresh by the importance of the Holy Spirit’s power.
After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples were told to wait. They were not to step out in their own power but to wait for God’s.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.” (Acts 1:8 NLT)
It makes me wonder whether I really see my need of God’s power or whether I’m tempted to step out on my own.
The Holy Spirit’s power was definitely worth waiting for. Signs and wonders, courage and boldness – the disciples stepped out and witnessed and saw 3000 people put their faith in Jesus in a single day!
But what strikes me is that it didn’t stop there. The believers formed a community that worshipped together, ate together and shared life together. God’s power was evident to the extent that “each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47 NLT)
Each day! As I think about my own church, we wouldn’t be able to say we see that happening each week or even each month! It makes me wonder why we don’t see God’s power like that today since we have the same Holy Spirit!
I don’t have an answer to that yet, but as I moved into chapter 3, I was struck by how “Peter saw his opportunity.” (Acts 3:12 NLT)
As he entered the Temple with John, he noticed the lame man – the man who sat there every day and who Peter had probably walked past a hundred times. But on this particular day Peter saw the opportunity to heal him. Then, after the miraculous healing, he saw the opportunity to point to Jesus. He had a captive audience in the awestruck crowd, so Peter made the most of the opportunity to point to the true source of this power and to tell the crowd of the need to turn to Jesus in repentance and faith.
It makes me wonder how often I see the opportunities around me and how often I miss them.
It makes me wonder if I would see more of God’s power if I would open my eyes and be willing to step out in faith…