April 14, 2016

I Commit to His World

Acts 1:8

What would you do if you went into a room filled with people sitting in the dark?

Perhaps you would whisper to someone close to the door, “Why are you all sitting in the dark?”

“We are trying to have a class, but the teacher can’t see to read.”

“Has anyone tried the light switch?” you ask.

“I don’t know. I don’t think so. There’s a switch?”

It’s at this point you fully expect the treble shrill of the Twilight Zone theme song to sound, cueing a Rod Serling voice-over explaining why this group of seemingly normal individuals had chosen to collectively sit in the dark.

Driven partly by disgust as well as curiosity, you walk to the light switch and, with a melodramatic sigh for effect, boldly swipe on the lights. Amazed that they indeed work, you look honestly perplexed as you slowly turn around. The silence is then broken by a deafening round of applause because of your “brilliance,” for now they can have class!

This is how it must be for Jesus every day as he watches us choose not to incorporate the Holy Spirit in our lives. We have such awesome power at our disposal, but tragically we neglect to use him.

In his book, Experiencing the Spirit: The Power of Pentecost Every Day, Henry T. Blackaby wrote: “Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes--all the time! It must be that way, for God's glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.”