Where does empowerment come from? More often than not we have a way of making the disciples “super-Christian.” I don’t mean to minimize their significance, because according to Scripture “the city authorities, (were) shouting, “These men who have upset the world have come here also” (Acts 17:6).
Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).
Pentecost was about empowerment. Pentecost had empowered these men with a holy boldness and a gospel boldness they lacked in their natural lives. Since Pentecost, they walked around with Jesus on the inside, but “showing up” and “showing off” on the outside. Peter told the lame man that he had nothing in and of himself, but what he did have was Jesus and it was in the power of that name that the man walked, leaped and praised God.
They didn’t have Lifeway, CWT, Experiencing God or Share Jesus Now. How in the world did they survive? Where did their empowerment come from? They walked in the power of the Holy Spirit. Even in their weakest moments they had Him and His power.
Guess what? So do we! At work, at school and at play we have God’s empowerment to use His gifts to touch a lost world with the power of God. A Great Commission Resource Center educates, encourages and supports its members to be on mission for God wherever and whenever.