Empowering of the Holy Spirit

Spirit of worship“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”                   Acts 4:13 (NIV)

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Anyone who has spent time reading the Gospels and the book of Acts quickly recognizes that there is a clear change within the Apostles in the book of Acts.

Peter goes from hiding the truth from a servant girl to giving clear testimony about Jesus before the Sanhedrin. John moves from his self-centered desire to be exalted with Jesus to risking expulsion from the Temple.

That change didn’t come from the pain of losing Jesus to crucifixion.

That change came from the empowering of the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost.

The newly arrived Holy Spirit changed all the men and women who were followers of Jesus and that change was so profound that even the Jewish leaders took notice!

A common temptation for us within healthcare is to passively assume that we are responsible for our success in the practice of medicine. Yes…God has given us the ability to learn and practice medicine, but we still think of them as our abilities.

We fail to appreciate the ongoing empowering of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

To the degree that we fail to recognize the empowering of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we will allow ourselves to become puffed up with a sense of pride at our professional accomplishments.

We will also fail to trust the Holy Spirit as He leads us into works where we’ve had no previous experience. Without that previous experience, we may not know our ability to accomplish the task and out of fear may resist the Spirit’s leading.

The reality is that as followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit empowers all our abilities.

If He calls us into a new and foreign activity…we can be sure that He will empower us in that activity.

We need only to confirm the calling and we know He will provide the ability.

How aware are you of the ongoing empowering of the Holy Spirit?

Is it enough to trust Him when He calls you to something new and different?

Prayer: Lord, remind me that all I accomplish is only through Your empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

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