A devotional thought from Joey Jernigan for “Pentecost”
No one likes the feeling of being powerless. I recently woke up with the worst case of cold chills that I have ever experienced. No amount of blankets was able to subdue the shivering that overtook my whole body. The doctor said I had the flu. Surprisingly, I had felt fine the day before, yet within 24 hours, I barely had the strength to hold my head up.
The disciples were in a similar situation after the ascension of Jesus. They had been given the Great Commission (read Matt. 28:18-20), but Jesus told them that they would not receive power until the Holy Spirit came upon them (read Acts 1:4-8). It is important that we realize that God’s plan is never for us to fulfill His mission in isolation from Him. God designed the Great Commission to be impossible to carry out unless the Holy Spirit is present.
I am still amazed that God would use people like you and me to proclaim the good news of Jesus. There is a part of me that wonders why God would leave such a great responsibility in the hands of fragile human beings. It is in these moments that I am reminded that God has not given us a responsibility that He will not carry out Himself. We are mouthpieces of God, and He lives in us. When we accept this truth, we will not see it as a burden but a blessing. God has entrusted us with His message because He has empowered us with His Spirit. You and I are not alone in the mission, and it is through the Holy Spirit’s presence that Jesus can promise to be with us until the end of the age.
Pause and Reflect
• What causes the fear we experience when we think about sharing the gospel with others?
• In what ways can we demonstrate our reliance on the Holy Spirit as we tell others about Christ?