Power to Serve (Acts 1:1-11)

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In the last month we have seen as Christians that we must prepare and we are called to a life of service. However, if we are not careful in preparing and serving, we can miss the one essential element we need: the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us the power to serve. To be sure, this power to serve includes the motivations for which we serve. Even as Christians, we can serve out of our own will because we are wanting self-glory. These wrong motives are not of God. We should not be serving ultimately for ourselves, to look good or whatever. We should ultimately be serving because of God and for His glory. That requires, then, having a power to serve. This requires humility. As has already been stated, this does not come by mere human effort. It comes from the Holy Spirit. We see this in Acts 1. After Jesus’ resurrection and the witnessing of that, the disciples were empowered. As Christ ascended up to heaven to reign and to rule, He did not leave them empty-handed. To the praise of God, Christ gave the disciples the Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity, to give them the power to be the witnesses of they had seen (v. 8). They were to speak and spread this message throughout their town and cities, even to the ends of the earth. The amazing thing is that we too have the same power to go and be witnesses of the gospel and serving for the sake of Jesus Christ. If you have believed that Jesus came, died, and rose again for the forgiveness of sins and you have repented of those sins, turning and trusting in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have been transformed and have received a new heart. You have received the gift and promise of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives you the power to serve, to be a witness for the gospel, to share the good news with those you know and with those you will encounter in your everyday life. This is all because of God. That is why and how you and I can serve with the right motives. And we must do so until Christ returns.

Reflection Time:

  • What is usually your primary motive in serving, whatever the service may be?
  • Have you neglected the Holy Spirit in your Christian walk in the last month? Last year?
  • Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit and dependence on Him in your everyday life.
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