Jesus said to them… "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…" (Acts 1:8)
Yesterday I arrived at church to find that the power was out as a result of planned changeover for our air-conditioning project. The building was dark; the computers were blank; the phones were silent, and the coffee was cold. By mid-afternoon the power was restored and we went on with 'business' as usual.
In our traditional worship services we sing, "Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee, perfect in power, in love and purity." And in our contemporary service we sing, "More love, more power, more of You in my life." The outage made me wonder what would happen if the power of the Holy Spirit were to be temporarily cut off from our lives, from our churches. Would we notice any difference?
How much do we rely on the power of the Spirit to deal with our personal problems and worries? How much do we rely on the power of the Spirit to accomplish ministry in and through us? How much do we rely on the power of the Spirit to witness to the Father's love demonstrated in the Son's sacrifice? Or are we simply relying on our own strength, our own wisdom, and our words?
This coming Sunday we celebrate Pentecost -- the commemoration of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' followers following His ascension. Pentecost is considered the "birthday" of the church. (Acts 2:1-11) Pentecost is a good time to wrestle with these questions.
-- Rev. David T. Wilkinson