He Lives to Pour Out His Spirit – Week of May 29, 2023
Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed”, and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord”, except by the Holy Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:3
If you were given a choice, which superpower would you want to have? Would you like to be able to read people’s minds? Would you like to be able to see the future or visit the past? Or would you like to be able to “apparate” from place to place like in the Harry Potter books?
These gifts might be fun to think about, but none of them will really solve our problems of this world. Our biggest problem is sin. We sin every day in many ways, and no “superpower” that we can think of will make that problem go away. We can’t go back in the past and undo our sin. We can’t earn our way by doing good, and we certainly can’t “apparate” to heaven!
But Jesus lived a perfect life—the perfect life that that we cannot live. Jesus never sinned. He never disobeyed God. And then he took all of our sin upon himself, died on the cross, and came back to life. The only way to heaven is through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
There is one gift that God has given all of us, and it is powerful! God has given us the gift of God the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus left the disciples, he told them that they would receive this gift that would make them more ready to tell others about Jesus. The Holy Spirit would prepare their hearts and give them the words to share with others, in Jesus’ name. The Holy Spirit gives the best spiritual gift ever—faith in Jesus as our Savior. This is a gift that God has given to all believers!
So what can we do with this gift? We can share it with others! We can pray for the right words to say. We can ask God to prepare our hearts to do his work when we tell him we are sorry and regretful of the things that we have done wrong. We humbly ask him to forgive us, and then confidently live a life that reflects this undeserved love that God shows us. We are thankful for this powerful gift that God has given us—the gift of the Holy Spirit, who gives us faith and helps us share the news of Jesus’ life and death with others.
Holy Spirit, power divine, dwell within this heart of mine;
Fill me with your heavenly peace, let it grow and still increase.
Holy Spirit, fill my heart, cleanse my life in every part;
Your own temple I would be now and for eternity. Amen.
Christian Worship 21 – 593:4-5