The Broken Made Bold
". . . for He is at my right hand and I will not be shaken." Acts 2:25
Disciples are made, not born. Jesus had called a handful of rag-tag unlikely followers. They were not particularly religious, skilled, or perceptive. Yet, Jesus discipled them. He lived the life of God before them and among them. He loved, He listened, He spoke, and taught as no teacher had ever taught. Right before their eyes He fed the hungry, healed the sick, raised the dead, and broke the bonds of sin and death, then visibly reappeared among them.
It was the gift of the Holy Spirit that made broken people brave and bold. What the first disciples received was power. Whenever individuals have received the Spirit of Jesus, there are common characteristics of the uncommon life in the Spirit.
Aware of His presence
Wherever they went, whatever road they traveled, troubled and difficult, smooth and peaceful, they felt the Lord was with them. When the Holy Spirit comes, He gives spiritual insight to see Him as King. He gives spiritual hearing; you hear His voice, even the slightest whispers are heard loud and clear.
In their early days of discipleship, they were docile, frail, uncertain, but when the Spirit came, they had light and heat. They had clarity of purpose from which they were never diverted. Fire fueled their strength, nothing could stop them. They stayed true to their Master’s commission to make disciples.
Armed with positivity
When opposition came and threats were hurled at them, when imprisonment and death came near, they didn't despair or become disheartened or discouraged. They remained optimistic in spreading the gospel. When persecuted, they went everywhere preaching. They had an unquenchable hope from the Holy Spirit.
What happened to the apostles can happen to us. God never refuses anyone the promise of the Spirit. It's the same Spirit offered to us to equip us for life. Through the terms of receiving the power of the Spirit, we open our life to God, give up our sins, lay down our pride, and allow Him to rule and dominate our life.
How would you describe your hunger for God?