I’m excited that this coming Sunday is Pentecost.
There is something that always refreshes me when I hear stories of the Holy Spirit at work in others. For some this has been a supernatural experience and for others it has been the comfort and guidance of the Spirit in everyday life, or both!
What I have come to realise is that the Spirit empowers us to live the lives we are called to live. Sometimes that looks like doing a lot of things, other times it means finding the time to be still and quiet.
Regardless, the Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost to empower us to live this Christian life with boldness and the assurance of God’s presence with us.
This week our car battery went flat!
I was fortunate enough to have my motorcycle nearby and managed to jump start the battery with it. But when I had the battery level checked, it turned out that the battery wasn’t dead! It had just gone flat because one of our little ones had pressed the central light button and it had drained the battery as it was on all night…
Once the car had been driven around for a while the battery had recharged!
All thanks to a car component called an Alternator.
I am not a mechanic, but I have been reliably informed that when an engine is running an alternator charges the battery and supplies power to the vehicle’s other electric systems.
What am I getting at here!
Namely that the Holy Spirit often works like an alternator in our lives. He recharges us and empowers us to operate in other ways and other parts of life.
Not that the Holy Spirit is mechanical or that this is the only work of the third member of the Trinity, far from it!
But one of the beautiful works of the Spirit in our lives is that, as we abide in him and the Spirit abides in us, we are empowered to live this Christian life.
May we be empowered afresh this day.