Faith Student Ministries just wrapped up an intense event called Reverb. Its purpose was to encourage and equip students as they learn to love God, love people, and make disciples. The students were presented with the opportunity to learn about these subjects in a classroom environment, then practice what they learned in a practical way by sharing their faith on the streets of Dallas and sending gospel-centered letters to their lost friends back at home. Many times the students were afraid and weren’t sure what to expect, because they didn’t feel ready to be so bold. However, their obedience to share Jesus’ Good News produced amazing fruit, as students stepped out of their comfort zone and into the panic zone where the Holy Spirit showed His strength in spite their weakness. It is such an awesome privilege to see the Spirit move in and through students.
I’m reminded of our reading in Luke 4. Four times the Holy Spirit is mentioned in this chapter as Jesus begins His public ministry. In verse one, Jesus is full of the Spirit and led by the Spirit as He is tempted by Satan. In verse fourteen, Jesus returns to Galilee in the power of the Spirit as He begins His teaching ministry. Jesus also claims to be anointed by the Spirit as He teaches the religious lost in Nazareth.
What an incredible window into the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus as we read Luke 4! What an incredible model we have in Jesus! Disciple-making is serious business and is not for the faint of heart. It cannot be accomplished in the flesh. It is a work of the Holy Spirit, working in us and through us. As children of God we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit and get to see Him work in our lives the same way He worked in the life of Jesus! Remember: when you feel empty, the Spirit fills you up. When you are tempted, the Spirit leads the way. When you are weak, the Spirit is your power! And when you feel you have no authority, the Holy Spirit has anointed you and gives you authority!