Surrender Brings Power
You can locate thunderstorms by counting the seconds between a lightning flash and its rumbling thunder. Sound travels a mile in about five seconds. A ten-second delay between the flash and the rumble indicates the bolt struck about two miles away. The beginning of Acts describes the period between the lightning of the resurrection and the thunder of Pentecost.
Luke reminds Theophilus of the Gospel of Luke (Acts 1:1) where he described all that Jesus began to do and teach. Began is the key word. What Jesus began during his 33 years on earth, He continues through you and other believers until the end of the age by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. Christianity is Jesus living His life in you—not a bunch of rules.
You’re probably trying to live for God. How’s it going? A woman described her life to me as “my intentions are good, but the results are poor.” Few Christians have introduced a single person to faith in Jesus Christ. That’s part of God’s kingdom work. Relatively few are doing it. Luke’s good news is that Jesus, through His Spirit, wants to build His kingdom through you.
Your greatest weakness is your desire to be in charge of your life. Same with me. That desire prevents you from being spiritually fruitful (John 15:5). Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, entered your life to empower you to make an eternal difference. Is He in the driver's seat of your life?
Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus commanded His apostles to be His witnesses (Acts 1:2). Jesus promises both to be with you and through the Holy Spirit to be in you. Christianity is a vital relationship with Him. His mission was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). It still is. He wants to seek and save your lost friends, relatives, and associates through you. His highest priority should be yours as well. You can’t be Jesus’ disciple with some other primary objective.
Jesus offers you a cascading river of new life. Before Pentecost His disciples hadn’t yet experienced the fullness of that new, abundant life (John 10:10). Now it can be yours. However, you have to surrender control of your life to get it.
God’s kingdom includes those who acknowledge His rule. History is the story of the kingdom’s emergence and full development. Everything else is secondary. You enter the kingdom through the new birth (John 3:1-8). You’re born again by God’s undeserved favor through faith in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus came to earth to call out from the world a people in whom He could live. Surrendering to His leadership precedes the rushing river of the Spirit’s power. That truth never changes. Every day you have a choice. Surrender brings power. Self-rule accomplishes nothing eternally significant. Which will you choose? #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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