This month I have written about the work of the Holy Spirit in all of us. We started this month celebrating the “Birthday of the Church” (Pentecost) and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church.
I also wrote this month inviting us to listen and see the Holy Spirit at work, uniting us to serve the one Lord Jesus Christ together.
We continue to hear and see the Holy Spirit in our midst right here in our community. One of the beautiful things about what the Holy Spirit does in us is that His work in us is never done. The preaching of the Church is not just about the historical events of the first century: the first Easter, the first Pentecost, and what the early church did... The work of God continues in our world through the power of the Holy Spirit as we proclaim a Risen Lord who is with us – that is the Holy Spirit at work today. It is far too small a thing to think the Church only proclaims an historical event. Pentecost was not the first nor the last time God poured his spirit out on all flesh. This is what the Holy Spirit has been doing and continues to do in us.
The Holy Spirit gives power to what we do as the Church. By Church I do not just mean my church or your church or this denomination or another, but all who serve Jesus Christ as Lord… that is the Church.
The power of the Holy Spirit is right at the heart of what we do as the Church. From the beginning of the book of Acts we hear of this power – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
These are Jesus’ words to the disciples just before He ascends to Heaven, saying that power, Holy Spirit power, will come upon them. The same Holy Spirit empowers what we do today. We are the hands and feet of Jesus.
It is no simple thing we do when we offer a meal to a brother or sister, no simple service when we serve at the Bread of Life, and not just words we happen to pray for someone in need… You see all of these things in the power of the Holy Spirit become so much more. They become life-giving, they become hope, they become evidence of the power of Christ at work in our world.
And so by the power of the Holy Spirit, let us continue serving the Risen Lord and making His name known in our community.
– Ian Conerly is the pastor of New Oregon United Methodist Church