But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8
The setting: Jesus has been crucified and resurrected from the dead. He was on the earth for forty additional days, making appearances to about 500 people and speaking about the kingdom of God. The apostles asked Jesus if this was now the time that He was going to bring this kingdom to earth. Not now, not yet. But He told them they would receive power from the Holy Spirit and be His witnesses. They were His last words to them, so they were pretty important.
And just after Jesus said this, He ascended into Heaven. Vanished, gone. So they went to the same upper room that they observed the Last Supper, and joined up with others to make up about 120 in all. They waited and prayed. And then it happened: the Holy Spirit came from Heaven like a mighty rushing wind. He transformed them from being ones taught to being the teachers. And they were never the same.
The power of the Holy Spirit is for us today too. That power is the gas in our car, the driving force of us to be witnesses and to accomplish the call of Jesus to go into all the world, making disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching. The power of the Holy Spirit isn’t intended to give us better parking spaces or to have happier self-absorbed lives. His power is given to believers to go and tell others about the good news of salvation in Jesus, and to advance the kingdom of God.
We are given the Holy Spirit when we become believers. We are stamped and sealed by the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance, and a down payment for what is yet to come. But it doesn’t stop there. The Holy Spirit empowers us to accomplish Jesus’ purpose for us. He transforms us to be witnesses, just like Peter was changed from being a guy that denied Jesus and stuck his foot in his mouth a lot to being the preacher that saw 8000 people turn to Jesus after two sermons.
God wants us to be filled and overflowing with the Holy Spirit so we can be His witness. This “go and tell faith” is in marked contrast to a “sit and get” one. It means you were saved for a purpose and you need to be wrapped up in living out that purpose. Are you?
If not, call on God to visit you with power from on high.