Not Plugged In

Jim and I were in Germany at a Christian camp where he had been invited to be the guest speaker. We were both sitting on the platform as were the musicians. The band was playing worship songs and the audience was singing in German. Some of the tunes I recognized and sang along in English. After a time of worship a men’s quartet sang and then Jim went to the lectern to speak.

That particular evening I was observing the guitar player, Michael. He was completely absorbed in his music and played with gusto. When the band was finished, Michael bent over to turn off the amplifier and unplug his guitar. He saw what I had already seen; his instrument hadn’t been plugged in! He was terribly embarrassed and the color rose in his cheeks. He must have hoped that no one else had noticed the lack of sound coming from the amplifier. I felt so sorry for him and his predicament.

After the service, I asked Michael if I could share his story the following evening in another town where Jim would be speaking. I promised not to use his name. He agreed. I had thought about the situation and I knew there was a lesson to be learned.

We want to serve the LORD with all of our being, just like Michael played his guitar – in earnest and with gusto.

To be able to operate spiritually in our gift of godly power, let’s look at Acts chapter one: After the resurrection of JESUS, he was with his disciples for forty days teaching them about the kingdom of GOD. Moments before he would leave them and return to his Father in heaven, he told them not to leave Jerusalem but to stay until they received POWER after the Holy Spirit would come upon them. Then a cloud took JESUS from the earth. The disciples stayed together and waited in the upper room as they had been instructed to do.

Chapter 2:2-4 says, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the sound of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like fire, and it sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” Now they were ready to fulfill their destiny. They would be JESUS’ witnesses in Judea, Samaria, and in the uttermost parts of the world. They were to make history.

The POWER that JESUS was talking about in Acts 1:8 is the ancient Greek word “dunamis”, i.e. specifically miraculous power; the ability to do what is impossible in the natural, but possible in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Greek word “dunamis” is the root word of our English word, dynamite. GOD’S dunamis is so very powerful and so very explosive. That is what we must be plugged into - the power source of the Holy Spirit to do the ministry that GOD has called us to do with excellence and expectation.

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