Week 17 Devotion – “Go With the Flow”
Read: Acts 1:1-8
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 (Acts 1:8)
Life happens. We can schedule, organize and coordinate all we want, but sometimes our plans just get interrupted. We can meticulously attempt to structure every hour of the day from the moment we wake up to the time we lay down to sleep at night. And yet somehow, things beyond our control begin to take priority and shift us in a different direction. Extraordinarily, sometimes that detour turns out to be what we needed all along.
In chapter 1 of the book of Acts, Jesus describes how the Holy Spirit will elevate the ministry of the disciples. The infilling of the Holy Spirit would allow them to operate in new capacities and subject them to changes of plans and priorities. Knowing His ascension is drawing near, Jesus guarantees that they will not be left without guidance because Jesus knew that the disciples could not move forward unless they were adequately equipped. Thus, it would be the Holy Spirit who would direct them for the works ahead and introduce them to a level of power they had not previously experienced.
From this passage, we can learn what happens when we go with the flow of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Sets Our Priorities
Jesus says that once the power of the Holy Spirit is received, it will lead to witnessing. The Holy Spirit then is given to further the message of the gospel. We are empowered to be witnesses for HIM, rather than to promote ourselves or our own pursuits or ambitions. The Holy Spirit reminds us of the goal so that we do not lose sight of what we were put on this earth to do. In this way, it is the priority of the Holy Spirit to direct our activities so that we do not miss the mark.
The Holy Spirit Authorizes Our Steps
A defining trait of the Holy Spirit is that He is authoritative. He instructs us as to how to release His power and shows us the right course of action to take. For instance, Peter would respond to a crippled beggar, not with a way to gain income, but by commanding him to walk (Acts 3:1-8). As such, the Holy Spirit authorizes our response, so as to truly meet the needs of people when presented with the opportunity.
The Holy Spirit Will Make Us Mobile
In His statement, Jesus implies that there will be mobility as we progress in the faith. With the Holy Spirit as our Guide, we will never be stagnant. His ministry makes us move with the gospel from one location to the next. Even if it’s not a physical location, we are called to share the gospel with different groups of people. In doing so, the Holy Spirit will commit us to telling those about Jesus who have yet to hear about the good news.
Reflection: You need to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to go with the flow.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. I know that He was given to me to change my life forever with power that only comes from You. I pray Lord that the Holy Spirit would take over my entire agenda, and my will. May I be enabled to witness for You throughout the earth. In Jesus name, Amen.
Written by Deborah Nimoh