In the first chapter of the book of Acts, Luke referred to the former account he gave about Jesus Christ, to Theophilus in the gospel, according to Luke. In his summary, he revealed wisdom for a life of wonder from Jesus’ life that believers and ministers of the gospel should not overlook.
Act 1:1-2 (NKJV) “The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,”
Firstly, Jesus never teaches what He has not practiced. Jesus does it before He ever teaches it. Jesus lives what He teaches. For example, the disciples watched, witnessed, and were fascinated by His prayer life before He taught them to pray. No wonder, He made such an indelible impact on the lives of His disciples. Today, what many of us are teaching cannot be traced to the life we are living.
Secondly, from the day the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove till He ascended into heaven, He did everything by the power and the leading of the Holy Spirit. He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil, and He returned from the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit. In addition, the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to preach, teach, heal, and deliver.
He offered Himself without spot, as a sacrifice for sin, by the Holy Spirit. He was raised from the dead by the Spirit of God. I thought that Jesus should at least do things by Himself after the resurrection, but the record shows the contrary. To give His last instruction to the apostles, He did it through the Holy Spirit.
Additionally, the relevance of the ministry of the Holy Spirit was depicted by the place Jesus gave Him in His life and ministry. So, it made sense when He told the apostles not to do anything He commissioned them to do until they had received the Holy Spirit. Every faithful and Christ-exalted ministry must be a Spirit-controlled ministry.
Father, let Your Holy Spirit take over the throne of my life and exercise His lordship over the affairs of my life, in Jesus’ name.
How better do you think our results will be if we allow and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit?