About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
Spirit Empowered Productivity
Acts 1:4 reads:
"On one occasion,
while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do
commanded His disciples to "not leave"
read Acts 1:8.
you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be
my witnesses in
1:8 tells us that the action of the Holy Spirit entering the disciples'
lives was also a purpose driven action.
It would empower the disciples to be effective representatives of
Jesus. Such purpose driven
actions performed by the Holy Spirit are meant to enable a Holy Spirit
empowered productivity in the lives of Christians.
Acts 2:3 and 4 we note that the Holy Spirit entered the very being of the
disciples when He came on them and filled them, after which they began
"to speak" in tongues. The
verb "speak," another infinitive Greek verb, led to Peter being
a verbal witness of Jesus resulting in the salvation of three thousand
people. The entrance of the
Holy Spirit into the lives of the disciples was a purpose driven action
that led to a Holy Spirit empowered productivity in the their lives.
Holy Spirit empowered productivity didn't end with Acts 2.
When reading through the Book of Acts we note that despite the fact
that the Holy Spirit lived within the disciples, He came on them, or
filled them, numerous other times. Each
time this happened it ended up being another demonstration of Holy Spirit
my vantage point, a lot of what we do as individual Christians and as the
church is not always productive. If
that is so, we might want to rethink what we are doing.
Then often, when the Holy Spirit actually does come upon us, we can
easily miss His purpose. We
simply enjoy the experience as if it is some kind of spiritual high,
something the Lord doesn't tolerate forever.
Holy Spirit did not enter my life just so I could be a Christian.
He doesn't come upon me from time to time for the fun of the
experience. He came into my
life and subsequently comes upon me to make me a Holy Spirit empowered
productive Christian. I'm not
just meant to be a Christian. I'm
meant to do the work of a Christian, and so are you, and so is church.
It's about Holy Spirit empowered productivity.
evaluating the productivity of your life as a Christian or the life of the
church, a good place to start is to read what needed to be changed in the
life of the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3.
People are still people and church is still church.
What Jesus told those churches, then, He could easily tell us.