Might the Holy Spirit do a mighty work among us today? Are we prepared? Are we looking for Him to move?
16 A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
We offer the gift of salvation to the people around us when we allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives. We become light-bearers for Him as He shines His light into their darkness.
In Acts 3, Peter and John healed a beggar at the temple gate and were given a great opportunity to proclaim the Gospel, which got them hauled before the Sanhedrin (chapter 4), the religious ruling body. They got to proclaim the Gospel to them–although, it was not well received. As a whole, that group never accepted Jesus Christ as Messiah. There were individuals, though, that did. Nicodemus was one of them. God works on individual hearts and not always on the group. It’s the same in America. We may never bring the country back to godly values, but we can bring individuals to Christ.
Paul was given the opportunity to speak before the high priest, Governor Felix, his successor, Governor Festus, King Agrippa (ruler of the entire area), and finally to Emperor Nero. The presentation of the Gospel was all-important to Paul. It was His calling, his life. His own words: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace [the Gospel].” Acts 20:24
If we take seriously Ephesians 3:21, which says, “Now to him [Jesus] who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power [His Spirit] that is at work within us,” let’s ask and imagine “the moon!” Let’s ask the Lord Jesus to raise up prophets in our day and age; let’s ask Him to place us in circumstances to be witnesses for Him. Let’s pray for revival in our families, our church, our city, state, and nation!
Imagine the most “lost” person that you know becoming a proclaimer of the Gospel. Now, ask God to make it so! Begin praying for that person-whether male or female- consistently for God to move in his heart and to call him. Pray that he will listen and respond to His call. Pray that God would then move in the hearts of those around him and that he would be given great opportunities to proclaim the Gospel. Pray BIG!!!
In the meantime, what shall we do concerning ourselves? Let’s ask that WE be called by the Holy Spirit and given great opportunities to share the Gospel. Let’s ask that we be instruments in His hands to call others to Himself. Let’s live our lives “so that in every way [we] will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” Titus 2:10b How?
- Through sound doctrine. What we teach makes a difference.
- Be temperate (control our temper) v.2
- Worthy of respect
- Sound in faith, love and in endurance
- Through reverent lives v.3
- Not be slanderers (no gossip or sharing of information that is none of our business, especially our own opinions)
- No addictions (let nothing control us except the Spirit of God)
- Teach what is good (both in word and deed) v.4
- Be loving, pure, kind, submissive to one another
- Set a good example v.5
- Live with integrity (who we are and what we do when only God can see us)
- Have soundness of speech v.8
- Demonstrate trustworthiness v.9-10
By living this way, we make the Gospel attractive. Now, whether people listen to the Spirit’s call is not up to us. We are only the messengers. We are Ambassadors for Christ!
Abba, I pray for those reading this blog that You would get a hold of their hearts and work a mighty work within them. Call them to great and mighty things. As our world turns darker and darker, may our lights shine brighter and brighter. May the decisions we make concerning how we live reflect our “followship” of You, O Lord. I also pray for the “lost ones” who seem to be the furthest away from You. May they be the very ones whom You call to proclaim the Gospel in our day! Surprise us all, Abba!!! Amen.