It was fourth grade, and I was the last kid picked for what would turn out to be the most epic dodgeball game in 1984. I know……picked last, and that should make it clear I was probably the most not-so-valuable player. I wasn’t that athletic, and I wasn’t incredibly confident, but somehow by ducking, hiding behind other kids, and throwing at imaginary people, so no one could have the chance to catch my ball, I had made it to the end. It was just me and some totally athletic kid who should pummel me into dodgeball oblivion with ease. I tried throwing low to hit his feet, but he just kept getting out of the way. In a brief moment when I needed some confidence, I looked to the sidelines and was met only with looks of humiliation and defeat, and suddenly I wished I could trade places with anyone of them. Oh, the pressure! Everyone thought I was sure to lose, and I did too. But in a moment of insanity (cue the Rocky theme song) and just wanting to end it all, one way or the other, I put myself in a position to catch his throw. The ball came right at my chest, and somehow, just somehow, I caught it – GAME OVER, BABY! I had won the game for my team, but everyone was too shocked to cheer. Either way, it was a life-changing moment for me even though it was short-lived. After-all, you’re only as relevant as today’s news and the next day it was like it never happened to everyone else but me.
You, as a believer need a defining moment. My moment was just that; a few minutes in time that can only be relived in my memory. We each need God’s power in our lives, and we shouldn’t desire to have it in a moment which we can only look back on. We need a power within us which is indwelling, always with us, and continues to propel us forward in our walk with the LORD.
Acts 2:1-5 relates to us what happened on the day of Pentecost to all those in the upper room waiting for the promise Jesus said they would receive if they just stayed in Jerusalem as He’d commanded them. That moment would be the start of something new, lasting, and empowering. They were each baptized with the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in other tongues. Read the book of Acts and the Epistles, and you’ll witness what this gift upon the disciples and the early church did for them……a gift which was for all those who were far off too (that’s us – Acts 2:39). Pentecost was a defining moment for each of them.
You need this same defining moment; that’s right, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. If you haven’t received it already, seek God for what He has for you. If you can start by acknowledging you are inadequate for what God has called you to (living for Him) and you need more from God than what you already have, then you’re on the right track!
God doesn’t want to just reveal His power in moments, He wants to put power into your life, and His Word is clear – it comes from the indwelling of the Spirit. You need what the disciples had, and you’ll see incredible change come to your life. Keep pursuing, keep desiring, keep growing!