Early Church – Sat – 22-06-11

Do you remember the old television show Home Improvement? One of the gags the show repeatedly used was when Tim “The Toolman” Taylor wanted more power in a tool or appliance. Whether it was juicing up the kitchen disposal to chip tree limps or powering the riding lawn mower with a jet engine, it always led to laughs – and disasters! But the gags tap into a truth. We often want more power, don’t we?

Unfortunately, we usually want power for our wishes. We pray for our desires. What we need is power to perform God’s will, to complete the mission Jesus gave us.

One of the fascinating things about the book of Acts is the source of power in the early church. It wasn’t from having a great band to draw a crowd. Nor having polished celebrities to deliver motivational messages. No, the first church was powered by the Holy Spirit. Of the 25 times the Spirit is mentioned in the book, half of them talk about specific actions the Spirit took. One example is Acts 9:31, “Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.” (NIV)

Those who follow Jesus have God’s Spirit dwelling in them. He wants to power us on the mission Jesus left us. He can strengthen and encourage us. Seek God’s power to do his will.

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