“. . . reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God.” Acts 19:8
Paul, Priscilla, Aquila, Apollos though they were very different in personality and temperament, their lives teach an important lesson. The Holy Spirit always needs a human instrument.
This is the innovative force of our mission to the world. Yes, there are rocks and trees, and the vast array of His creation, all which point to His existence. But God can only bring the message of the risen and glorified Christ to any given part of the world through men and women who know His power. He immerses us and involves us in His mission of salvation.
It should come as no surprise that when Paul writes his letters to Christians living in all the cities of his day, his emphasis was not that the church should believe love, or that they should love and hope. He thanked God for faith, hope, and love, but he prayed they might be filled with knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. They walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and increasing in the knowledge of God.
It’s careless to think we can go do the work of the ministry without full knowledge, and not academic knowledge. Apollos had that and failed. But we are to have spiritual knowledge and discernment. This kind of insight can only come by the work of the Spirit of God.
We cannot preach or teach, speak or serve, without the presence of His power. As we are filled with the deepest knowledge, we will lift others up to a higher level.
What’s the difference between serving in your power and serving in the power of the Spirit?