Power of the Holy Spirit in Fulfilling the Great Commission

I was studying this week and thinking through the beginnings of the early church in Acts 2Open Link in New Window for a message on Christian community.  God really showed something awesome to me through my exploration of the Great Commission and the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the early church.  Today in the midst of our American church culture, thoughts and teachings with regard to the Holy Spirit tend only to be seen in charismatic circles where spiritual gifts especially speaking in tongues are noted as gifts of the Holy Spirit and being spirit-filled.  We, however, miss so much if we let only our charismatic brothers and sisters teach on the power of the Holy Spirit.  We have so minimized the Holy Spirit’s power and role in our lives as Christians that we have missed the driving force, passion, and energy behind our lives as believers.  Take for instance the Great Commission that Jesus gives His followers to go and make disciples of all nations.  This command comes with a clause that we so often miss.  It is the clause to wait until the Holy Spirit has come.  There are very profound implications from this clause.  The Great Commission is to be fulfilled not by our own strength, willpower, and passion but through the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us.  It is His power not ours.  It is His strength not ours.  It is His passion not ours.  It is His words not ours. It is His glory not ours.  Let us not neglect and avoid the power of the third person of the trinity to drive our mission and fill our lives.  The same Holy Spirit who took a bunch of uneducated, uncommitted fishermen and turned them into powerful and devoted proclaimers of the gospel lives inside of you.  Let us live lives fueled not by our own power and strength but by the Holy Spirit.