Power: Plug It in, Plug It in!

Where is the Power?

Transformed by the Spirit - Feel the PowerDo you have the power? The German music group, Snap, in their 1990 album, World Power sang about it. This electronic pop hit reached number one in the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Rap charts. It is known even today for its musical hook, ”I’ve got the power”. Power sounds like a grand thing if you have it in your control but how many people have power in their reach but never use it or use it to its full potential?

Take for instance the number of people who own SUVs or sport utility vehicles. They’re purchased for a variety of reasons but most owners like the idea of having the power of the four-wheel drive if needed. But industry standards indicate that less than 15% of the four-wheel drive owners will ever leave the road, which was the purpose they’re designed for. These owners have the power to take their vehicles where others cannot go because of the strength they hold with each wheel, yet this bundled energy is rarely put to the test.

This week’s focus verse tells every believer about the power of the Holy Spirit and why God designed it. Yet the believer who has experienced the power but is not sharing Jesus is like the four-wheel drive owner who never leaves the road.

These last words of Christ clearly tell the disciples the instructions for the rest of their life but He doesn’t leave them hanging out on their own. He tells them about the power of the Holy Spirit that they will receive and what they are to do with the power that God is sending them. God gives the power of the Holy Spirit to every believer, as He did the disciples, in order to accomplish the witness to who Christ is and what He came to do. This was their purpose and it is ours today as the original establishment of the church and its mission has not changed over the many centuries. Our purpose and mission today is to tell others the Good News just as the disciples did.

We can boldly claim our Savior as Jesus Christ but we have to be plugged into the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be effective. God provides the power of courage, confidence, and ability to all believers to use with His timing in order to fulfill the great mission of the greatest proportions. The power may be in the form of going to another land, remote area, or strange place but mostly the power comes to share the Good News with your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member. Sometimes the hardest places to spread the Good News is not in another land or a foreign place but in the midst of your own tribe.

The beauty of the power is that once you’re plugged in, it will provide the means for you to fulfill your own destiny within the kingdom of God.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NLT)

Using Power

So you have the power available but how do you use it? It is important to understand that you are a witness to the Good News and that you are to spread that news using the power of the Holy Spirit.  But you have to do more than just acknowledge the power, you have to be plugged in for it to work.

I like to cook but I don’t always like the prep work required especially if there’s a lot of onions involved that need chopping. But I have this wonderful mini food processor that my mother-in-law gave me so I can quickly chop onions or anything else that needs to be diced up. That processor is powerful! It can make fast work of an onion taking it from whole to almost minced if I will allow it in relatively short order. But there is one thing it will not do. It will not work if there is no power streaming through the plug. I can put the whole onion in the machine, close the lid, and push the button but it will not chop up that onion. I know that one of the first things I have to do if I want to use this processor is to plug it in. I have to make sure there is a relationship between the electric current that is running through my home and that machine. For without either, it simply will not do what it’s designed to do. It is not enough for them both to be close or aware of each other, they must connect.

The courage and boldness to stand up for your beliefs with confidence and insight in knowing that God’s power is within you will not happen without a true relational connection. It is not enough to just be aware, it is not enough to just be close. In order for the power to be streaming through you there must be a direct and constant connection. The power shouldn’t be weakened with too many scheduled conflicts or stretched so it barely reaches. And the power must be real and not just standing close by appearing as if it has power.

The power of the connected church and individual is a strong church or individual in all entities. Neither should look like the people inside of a ski lodge. Inside the ski lodge everyone looks the same. The people in the lodge all have on the latest fashion in ski wear and accessories. The price tags may differ but all appear like they can actually ski. They look the part of the skier as they walk around, carry their ski paraphernalia, and nod their heads in agreement at the weather and surface conditions. But looking good in the lodge is not skiing. Talking about skiing is not skiing. Even riding on the lift is not skiing. Real skiers are rarely seen in the lodge because they know the challenge is on the hill. They are not just looking the part; they have learned that the power of skiing is in taking on the fear of the slope. They’re plugged into the power of the hill for they know it is there that the real power is actually seen.

It doesn’t take going down a multitude of hills to know the power of skiing as it doesn’t take a known multitude of rescued people to know the power that the Holy Spirit has on just one soul. The business of saving souls is just like the business of skiing, it can only be done one person/hill at a time and you don’t always even realize that you have done it until you are ready to go again. That is the power of God. It takes only one person, one time for the Holy Spirit to shine through and make an eternal difference.

This reminds me of a story about a group of teenagers that were laughing at a man who was frantically trying to save hundreds of starfish that had washed up on the shore. The fish were drying out and dying as they were unable to reach back into the waters they so desperately needed in order to live. The man was quickly running and picking up each starfish and throwing them back into the sea to save their lives. One of the teens yelled out to the man, ”You are wasting your time. There is no way you can make any difference!” The man stopped holding a starfish in mid-air and turned back. He looked directly at the teen and then hurled the fish back into the ocean before yelling, ”Well I made a great difference in that one’s life!”

God has given you the ability you need to make a great difference in someone’s life with the power He has given you through the Holy Spirit. So be challenged to tap into the source and use it to share the Good News. Feel the conviction to fulfill the mission Christ gave you. Find the motivation to know that you do indeed have the power to be effective if you just plug-in. Won’t you tap into it for good and make a wonderful and significant difference in the lives of others as you’re purposed and powered to do?

Love in Christ,
E.J.

Postscript

Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind or chariots without steed (horse). Like branches without sap, we are withered, like coals without fire we are useless.

Charles Spurgeon

Extra Study

Luke 24:48, John 15:27, Acts 2:1-4

Credits
Walczak, J. (2016, March 3). 4WD Stats: How Many Four-Wheel Drive Owners Actually Go Off-road? Retrieved from 4 Wheel Drive: http://4wheeldrive.about.com/od/offroad4x4atv4wd/a/offroadstats.htm

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