The Power of the Spirit – Daily Devotion

February 22, 2020 0 By William Hollis


BING! YOU KNOW THAT
MOMENT, RIGHT? WHEN THE LIGHTBULB IN
YOUR MIND SHINES BRIGHT, WHEN YOU FINALLY “GET IT”?
I IMMEDIATELY THINK OF THE FIRST TIME I UNDERSTOOD
MULTIPLICATION TABLES. MY MOTHER, WHO WAS ALSO
A MATH TEACHER, FAITHFULLY REVIEWED FLASHCARDS
WITH ME NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, BUT I JUST COULD NOT GET IT.
UNTIL FINALLY, I DID. ACTS 2 IS A STORY ABOUT
A “BING!” MOMENT. JESUS LEFT HIS
FOLLOWERS ON EARTH WITH THE PROMISE THAT
HE WOULD SEND THEM A HELPER. AND IN ACTS 2,
THE HELPER ARRIVED. THE HOLY SPIRIT FILLED
HIS FOLLOWERS AND, BING! EVERYTHING CHANGED. ONE FOLLOWER IN PARTICULAR,
A GUY NAMED PETER, PREACHED A SERMON ABOUT JESUS AND 3000 PEOPLE WERE BAPTIZED. NOW THAT IS MULTIPLICATION! BUT THE STORY
DOESN’T STOP THERE. FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS,
MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WERE JOINING THE WAY OF JESUS
BY NOT ONLY BELIEVING IN HIM, BUT ALSO SERVING ONE ANOTHER, BEING GENEROUS WITH
WHAT THEY OWNED AND SPENDING TIME TOGETHER. PEOPLE WERE PRAYING
WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND EVERYONE WAS EAGER
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JESUS FROM THOSE WHO HAD
SPENT TIME WITH HIM. EVERY DAY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE
EXPERIENCED A “BING” MOMENT AND JOINED THE GROUP, AND
THE MULTIPLICATION CONTINUED. THE SAME HOLY SPIRIT WHO GAVE
PETER THE RIGHT WORDS AND FILLED NEW JESUS FOLLOWERS WITH RADICAL GENEROSITY AND A SPIRIT OF SERVICE, THAT’S THE SAME HOLY SPIRIT
WHO CAN HELP YOU AND ME. AND WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT
FILLS US WITH HIS PRESENCE, HE CAN USE US TO MAKE WHATEVER IMPACT
HE HAS FOR US TO MAKE. THE BEAUTY IN ACTS 2 IS NOT
THAT 3000 PEOPLE BELIEVED, ALTHOUGH THAT’S AWESOME. IT’S THAT WHEN GOD
SHOWS UP, PEOPLE CHANGE. THEY FIND HOPE
AND JOY AND PURPOSE. SO WHETHER YOU’RE HELPING
A CHILD WITH MATH HOMEWORK OR NEED THE RIGHT WORDS
TO ENCOURAGE A FRIEND, ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP YOU DO WHATEVER HE WANTS
YOU TO DO THIS DAY. AND DON’T BE SURPRISED WHEN, “BING!” IT CLICKS, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT
THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES.