I would like to conclude our August theme of The Great Commission with a focus on the power required to realize The Great Commission. I think about the preparation the disciples received, three years with the master disciple maker himself, Jesus Christ and that was not enough. Luke writes in Acts 1:3-5, “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized withwater, but in a few days, you will be baptized withthe Holy Spirit.” The teaching they had received from Jesus was not enough; they needed to wait on the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Preparation is Required
The preparation the disciples received from Jesus was important and required to gain the head and heart knowledge required to understand how to be fully devoted followers of Jesus. He gave them the Word because He is the Word according to John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” We need to know and understand the truth so that we may be set free according to John 8:32.
The three years of preparation and discipleship the disciples received from Jesus was still not enough. However, this is what we teach many in the Christian community. Take this discipleship class or read this book and go tell others to fulfill The Great Commission. But if the three years of living with and teaching from Jesus himself was not enough, why do we think our programs are superior?
The True Power Source
Jesus was telling His disciples not to attempt this on their own; they would need to receive true power from the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:8 Luke writes, “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.” The true power is manifest through the Holy Spirit, and we cannot understand the truth we are being taught without the Holy Spirit. John 14:26 quotes Jesus to His disciples, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
The dependence on the Holy Spirit can be a challenge as we can naturally apply our knowledge, wisdom, gifts, and talents independent of the Holy Spirit to do good things for God. However, the verse in Zachariah 4:6 states, “not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit declares the Lord.” It is the true power of the Holy Spirit that we seek so that we may be instruments of righteousness to accomplish all our Heavenly Father has planned for us on this earth.
Instruments of the Holy Spirit
Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit and being instruments in the Hands of our Heavenly Father should be the desire of each follower of Jesus. The Great Commission cannot be realized without the Holy Spirit. We are His chosen vessels to fulfil His plan.
Whether you are His instrument in the business world, non-profit, church, or as an individual, you are His chosen instrument to bring the Holy Spirit into the sphere of influence where He has placed you. Join me today as we apply these truths to our lives and encourage others to do the same.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.