The last couple C3 monthly themes have been “The Power of the Resurrection” and “The Journey to Pentecost.” These have been significant for me, especially with the current environment we are experiencing. Our Heavenly Father has taken me to greater levels of understanding as I have explored the “Why” behind the Passover and Pentecost, and I pray that, as we have written about this revelation over the last couple of months, you have been encouraged and enlightened to apply these truths to your life and share them with others.
This month, we want to continue our journey with the C3 June theme, “Empowered to be His Witnesses.” When Jesus paid the price for our sins, past, present, and future, our temples are cleansed, and the gift of the Holy Spirit empowers each follower of Christ to be His witness.
Holy Spirit Power
Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit so they could be His witnesses. In Acts 1:8 Jesus tells His disciples, “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.”
The empowerment Jesus is referring to is the necessity of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the work He has created for us. The Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” He gave us, His masterpieces, the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower us to accomplish this, so why do we try to be His witnesses within our own strength?
Many times, we have been conditioned to perform in our own strength or to simply push through to make something happen. However, this approach is contrary to the mandate in Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.” So, as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, what does it mean to be His witnesses?
Empowered to be His Witness?
Think about the before and after picture of Apostle Peter in relation to empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Before Pentecost, Peter was a follower of Christ that left Jesus when He was on trial and being crucified. When Peter was being questioned in his association with Jesus, he denied him three times. Then after empowerment by the Holy Spirit, he boldly spoke the gospel and 3000 were saved.
When we are empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can reflect and represent Jesus boldly. This is not limited to preaching the gospel but also applies to delivering excellent services in business, or a non-profit, or being the best stay at home parent. This means the Holy Spirit can operate through each of us to bridge the sacred-secular divide that allows us to be His witnesses wherever we are. As our lives are personally transformed by the Holy Spirit, we can be change agents to transform our world.
Transforming Our World
The transformative work of Jesus Christ on the cross cleanses us of all sin, and the mighty power of the Holy Spirit at work within us enables us to have the relationship with God we were created to have. As my good friend Frank Wells reminds me, “It all boils down to love God and love others.”
God did not create us to live in isolation as the global pandemic reminds us. We were created to be in right relationship with our Heavenly Father and to reflect His love, joy, peace, and the other fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23 to those around us. As we do this, we will be the agents of change and transformation we were created to be.
As we walk out the purpose and plan God has for each of us, may we be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses wherever He places us. I pray you will be the hope, encouragement, and the transformative force to positively impact our culture for Christ..
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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 email@example.com.