Desires and responsibilites

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
(Acts 1:8 (NIV))

Did you notice the sequence of events in this passage?

The Holy Spirit comes upon you.

You receive power.

You will witness to the ends of the earth.

Am I seeing something here, or do you see it, too? People pray to receive the Holy Spirit because they want the power that God grants through the Holy Spirit, but I think that they don’t truly want the responsibility that goes with that power.

Why is that?

Think about that for a moment.

Are you truly willing to step outside of your comfort zone and go to the ends of the earth telling people about Jesus? Are you truly willing to go across town to tell people about Jesus? When was the last time that you went next door to tell someone about Jesus, or to invite them to church? I hate to say this, but we want the power without the responsibility. I know that this is a line from “Spiderman,” but it applies all too well in our walk of faith.

“With great power comes great responsibility!”

Are we ready to be responsible with the grace, mercy and power that God is willing to give to us?

How can God fill us with the Holy Spirit if the vessel that we want filled is a vessel to store and not a vessel to share. Is your vessel a jug that has a lid that gets closed once the contents are inside, or is your vessel a watering can that allows the contents to flow out onto all that you encounter? Being responsible to the Holy Spirit does not mean that you accept the power and then keep it all within. Being responsible to the Holy Spirit means that you open yourself up to allow Him to flow in you and through you so that others may receive the blessing.

Responsibility does not mean that we seek after spiritual gifts because it will make us look more spiritual. It means that we humbly accept the power and acknowledge that all things are to the glory of God. Responsibility means that we set our priorities to be those that God desires. Responsibility means that we place God and His kingdom first and our desires last.

We have a great message because we have a great Savior. We have a great Savior because we have an awesome God. It is our responsibility to share that news.

Think back on the person who was willing to share that news with you. Were they responsible to the Holy Spirit? Were they responsible in the areas of their influence? Have you shared to the ends of your influence?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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