When we think about our faith, we often think about how it makes us feel. We think about how we can get closer to God, what we can learn from the Bible, and how we can show our faith through helping others. Praise God. These are all ways that we can grow in our faith and make God’s Kingdom more prevalent here on earth. However, we often underestimate ourselves. Rather, we underestimate the power given to us through our faith.
“But you shall 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) Every time I have read this verse, I have focused on the second part, going out and witnessing for the Lord. Which, for us translates to “…you will be my witnesses in Lexington, and in all of Kentucky and America, and to the ends of the earth.” This is our mission, and it should always be our focus no matter where we are. Yet, in reading this earlier today, I was honestly shocked to read the beginning of the verse. I thought, “has that always been there?”
Of course it has always been there. And it is as true today as it was when Jesus said it. We have POWER from the Holy Spirit. Just like the old hymn says, “There is power, power, wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb.” Now, that power can take many forms and allow you to do many things. As you continue reading in the book of Acts, you see the disciples performing miracles and casting out demons in the name of Jesus. For you, it could be the Holy Spirit giving you courage to witness to a friend, the energy to spend a long day helping somebody in need, or even the opportunity to travel abroad on a mission trip.
So the next time you find yourself facing temptation, or you get tired, or scared, remember that you have been give the power to persevere for His glory. Through accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have been given power through the Holy Spirit. Now, as Uncle Ben said in Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” This power is something that should not be ignored or forgotten, because you never know when somebody may be following your example. Use it often, and use it wisely. Think about it.