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Week 3: Filled to Fullness

The people of God are journeying from Easter to Pentecost! Along the way, Christ Church Nashville will be posting short meditations on the Holy Spirit for you to use in your personal quiet times, or to read aloud with your family and friends. Let’s consecrate Pentecost 2015 as a season of expectation—a Holy Spirit advent—as we walk the road together. 

These meditations are excerpted from a book by Pastor Dan and Pastor Hunter called The Road to Pentecost. It is available for free in our bookstore or to download here.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE GIVER of spiritual gifts. In the modern era, Christians have described the Holy Spirit’s distribution of spiritual gifts—gifts like knowledge, discernment, tongues, healing, etc.—as a filling of the Spirit or a baptism of the Spirit. The language we use is much less important than the actual experiences that the language describes.

Jesus said to his followers: “If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask” (Luke 11:13). Jesus invites us to ask the Father for more of the Holy Spirit.

Why would we want more of the Holy Spirit? Paul writes that more of the Holy Spirit leads to a greater knowledge of God, a greater awareness of what belongs to us through Christ, and a greater operation of resurrection power in our lives (Ephesians 1:15-23).

As we ask the Father for more of the Holy Spirit, we must turn to Jesus’ words: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). The main purpose of the power, filling, gifts, and ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life is missions! The Holy Spirit comes to make us into witnesses for Christ. Any spiritual manifestation that does not serve as a witness to the resurrected Christ is a counterfeit spirit.

Gifts of healing, prophecy, words of knowledge, and other dramatic encounters that we may experience through the power of the Holy Spirit should always point to the cross. Jesus, Himself, tells us that the power of the Holy Spirit is a power that transforms us into His witnesses. We should not pray for more of the Holy Spirit if we are not ready to be used by Christ as His witnesses. We cannot expect to be filled by the Holy Spirit if we are not ready to be used in missions.

Father, thank you for the continual work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We ask for more—more of you, more of your gifts, more of your presence. Help us ready our hearts to go on mission for you. We are ready to be your witnesses. Fill us with everything that we need to share the love of Christ with the world.