READY FOR SERVICE JOHN 15:9-17
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. – Acts 1:8
All Christians are saved and
given the mandate to go into the world to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and
bring others into the kingdom of God.
The Holy Spirit is the One who equips the saints for tasks in the vineyard of God. The hunt lance of the Holy Spirit is emphasised in Luke 24:49:
“…behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
The Holy Spirit is so crucial for service that the disciples were told to remain in Jerusalem until His power came upon them.
When God calls anyone into a spiritual office, it is because He has a role for such a person to play in His redemption plan for mankind. Isaiah 61:1 says,
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; Because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”
The Holy Spirit gives hope to the hopeless, healing to the sick and life to spiritually dead persons.
Acts 10:38 reveals that it is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus to do all that He did.
Hence, if we are to do the same and even greater works (John 14:12), then we must also be filled with the Holy Spirit. Are you ready for service?
PRAYER LINE: Father, please anoint and equip me for greater works, in the mighty name of Jesus. (O.H)
The Holy Spirit prepares believers for service.