November 08, 2011

Power Up

Acts 1:1-11

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…”
Acts 1:8


One of my tasks as a teenager (Allen) was to help lay out new irrigation systems for farmers. I especially enjoyed the moment when we’d throw the switch and power up the big pump. The pipe filled, sprinklers hissed, and water shot out across the field.

Imagine the disciples’ power-up moment. They were able to switch from fear and uncertainty to courage and boldness when the power of the Holy Spirit filled them (see Acts 2-7). Some scholars compare this with God breathing the breath of life into Adam at creation (Genesis 2:7). Receiving the breath of God is a “power-up” moment. (See also John 20:22.)

Not only do we need a personal relationship with Jesus before being sent out, but we need to rely on him always to empower us to do his work. Sometimes God gives us amazing connections with people we have never met. Some first-time conversations immediately go to a place where we can witness with power to someone who needs God’s love. But sometimes it’s much harder. Our task is to trust that God will show us how to respond with a smile, a hug, a thoughtful word, or perhaps just by listening.

When is the last time you specifically asked God for his power to witness? It’s time to power up!

Lord, thank you for your promise of power through the Holy Spirit. “Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love the way you love, and do what you would do.” Amen.

About the author — Allen & Lynn Likkel

Revs. Allen and Lynn Likkel have worked in communities across North America for many years—planting churches, nurturing them along, and developing new church leaders. A minister in the Christian Reformed Church, Allen served with Christian Reformed Home Missions for nearly 40 years, and Lynn, also ordained as a minister of the Word, has served to build leaders and new congregations. In November 2010, Allen entered retirement, and the Likkels moved to Washington, their native state. They have four adult children.

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