Written by: Tim Wood
For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. (1 Corinthians 4:20)
God’s work is to be done by God’s people with God’s power. It’s not what is done for God that counts, but what is done by God that counts. God put His Holy Spirit in us so we could operate in His power. The church should not be known for its talent or its programs but for its power; supernatural power.
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). The Holy Spirit dwells within us. Jesus told us that when the Holy Spirit comes to us we would receive power (Acts 1:8). This power from God enables us to do God’s will, to expand His kingdom and equips us to operate with His gifts. The Holy Spirit empowers us as we yield our will to God. The key to the Spirit-filled Christian life is to cultivate an attitude of emptiness so that God fills us with His power. Jesus said it this way, “If we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
What a verse to remember and practice – God’s kingdom does not consist in talk but in power. Lots of churches are good at planning and strategizing and coming up with programs that require little power from God. It’s frightening to think that the church can carry on activities without the power of the Holy Spirit present. The kingdom of God does not consist of plans, pep talks or personnel but rather God’s power! A.C. Dixon wrote, “When we rely on an organization, we get what an organization can do. When we rely upon education, we get what education can do. When we rely on eloquence, we get what eloquence can do. But when we rely on the Holy Spirit, we get what God can do.” We get His power and that is exactly what we need. AMEN!