It all started back at Pentecost in the Upper Room, when Yeshua unleashed the Holy Spirit unto and into the newly established New Covenant priesthood. His power moved like an electrical current through 120 individuals that day. It charged them and the impact was felt across Jerusalem as His ‘current’ touched those around them. Just in the same way that lightning strikes one place but its effect can be felt and seen for miles. Eventually the effects of His power expanded across the whole of the Roman Empire as it impacted on so many lives. It turned people from darkness and revealed to them the Light of the World – Yeshua.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” Jeremiah 31:33
“This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’” Acts 2: 14-21
I can best describe the power of the Holy Spirit by using circuit board imagery.
When I was younger I was fascinated by the inside components that made up my yellow transistor radio. I used to take the back cover off the radio and stare at the plethora of pieces. I was fascinated by the different coloured bits, their different sizes, and shapes, etc. Each piece was valuable in making the radio work, despite them being so different. Some pieces like the charged battery were more powerful than others. But if one part no matter how small wasn’t functioning I’d have a faulty circuit board and the radio wouldn’t work. When all the components were working together as one unit, then the power and energy freely flowed throughout each one of those pieces unhindered. As a result, the radio could pick up the sound waves and broadcast, as that’s the purpose of a radio. Not one piece on its own could make this happen. It relied on all the other components working together.
We Need Each Other
Now that circuit board reminds me of each individual Christian in the Kingdom. Each of us is uniquely created. We are all so different. We think differently, have different skills and talents. Some of us have even been given more abilities than others. But when placed together in unity the Holy Spirit can work powerfully through us. We’re a Kingdom community that needs to rely on other Christians. They have gifts, talents, and skills that we don’t have, and we have gifts and talents that they don’t have. That’s the reason why we should never be jealous of other Christians. We don’t do solo in the Kingdom, as we’re part of one body and connected to each other through Yeshua.
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be?
But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it.
But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Our Power Output
We are empowered in such a way that how we live our lives will impact on those around us. You don’t have to be in the ministry or in missions to do that! It doesn’t matter what job we do, we’ve been given a unique God-given purpose in life. Each one of us is a vital component that can be powerfully used by the Holy Spirit to further the Kingdom. As a result, we exercise power and passion through the God-given skills and talents we’ve each been given.
The world watches us rather than reading the bible for themselves. We are the bible – ‘live’ in 3D ultra-high definition. Living a Kingdom-focused life should show the world that what we do is not better but different.
The power of the Holy Spirit makes a difference in our lives. We won’t have a problem-free life as life isn’t easy in the Kingdom. But when we have a different attitude – a Kingdom attitude to problems and treat them as challenges that lessons can be learned from, we will still be able to be joyful in spite of those problems.
We can plug into that power source that helps us to see beyond the problems we face.
We have different standards, different ethics and a different goal in life that comes from having a different attitude to those in the world. Our goal is not to bring everyone in the world back under an old mosaic covenant way of life – that ended in 70ad. But to positively influence and transform our culture little by little. We can let them see us as Image Bearers – displaying the same loving attributes that our Father has shown us. Then draw them to Yeshua who loves each one of us and who died for all mankind, “not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance”.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. ~ 1 John 4:8-11
Love is that power and the motivation for all we do.