Acts 1:8 NLT
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
That’s one of the most incredible verses in the Bible, in my opinion. Something happens in the believer’s life. Something happened in my life. The Holy Spirit is real. He comes with power, and He is power. That makes God incredible.
Last week I looked at John the Baptist and his commitment to point people to Jesus at all cost. He was weird, and he was convinced. We have to be convinced, and one of the best convincers is the Bible, the word of God. Interacting with, listening closely, ingesting the truth will convince us not only of who Jesus is but of how great Jesus is.
Revelation 1:5 NLT
and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.
That is Jesus. You may know Him as well. He has changed my life and continues to work in my life to change me. He also amazes me. Have you been amazed? When a need arises, He knows, He cares and He meets the needs based on what He knows and not based on what we want.
Romans 1:16 NASB
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
The power of God was seen early in creation and throughout the Old Testament. In Jesus the power of God was seen over and over through miracles, through conviction and changed lives. Since Jesus is now resurrected that power is found in the friend that Jesus said would be in us and by us all the time. That is the spirit of God. Jesus began is all. Jesus is above all.
To understand you purpose in life is a big thing, and there are lots of people, many of you, who are searching for your purpose. It was John the Baptist we spoke of last week who understood his purpose. Look at the Apostle Paul. God changed his purpose and Paul was passionate about it. Whatever it took, that’s what Paul would accomplish. The same is true for Jesus.
Mark 10:45 NLT
For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.
Jesus knew his purpose, and that verse may be one of the most pointed and strong. In fact if you look at your Bible, those words were in red. Jesus said them. Jesus knew His purpose before serving others, yet we often find our purpose and our confidence when we begin to serve other people. When we put our needs and our selfishness aside and serve the people around you, God will begin working in our hearts and pouring into our passion to live, to love and to serve.
Jesus really is awesome. He is our example. He is our Savior. He is the one that people need to hear from and get to know.
They don’t need our opinions. They want our love or His love through us. By serving people and meeting needs, by giving hope and helping people see their worth, we all will see just how big and how awesome our God is!
Hebrews 2:10 NLT
And it was only right that God -- who made everything and for whom everything was made -- should bring his many children into glory. Through the suffering of Jesus, God made him a perfect leader, one fit to bring them into their salvation.
NOTE: much of this post was part of Sunday’s sermon and week 2 of our series MHK (make HIM known)