Monday Morning Commentary
There is sauce to make meat taste better. One in particular that is liked by many is called A1 sauce. What are some things to note about A1 sauce? A1 sauce is expensive, flavors the meat and even children eat this sauce! In Acts 1:8 we see how the baptism of the Holy Spirit and it’s effect on our lives is similar to the effect of A1 sauce on meat. Just like how A1 sauce is expensive, to flavor all meat, and for all children that want to eat it, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is costly, for all people, and all children.
⁃ The baptism of the Holy Spirit is costly because it cost the blood of Jesus.
⁃ Just how A1 sauce makes meat taste better, when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit our words, actions and lives taste better to those around us (Acts 2:16-18).
⁃ The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for all children; it’s the Promise from the Father for all Children (Acts 1:4-5)
So let’s get SAUCY for God!
These are questions to think about when it comes to the baptism of the Holy Spirit:
1. Pertaining to what? (Acts 1:1-3)
a. The kingdom of God. When we live lives empowered by the Holy Spirit, we enforce the rule and reign of God in our natural relationships, events and circumstances.
⁃ empowered Jesus teaching (Luke 4:22, 32). Jesus teaching didn’t astonish people because he was confident or had a charismatic personality, but because the anointing of the Holy Spirit gave his teaching authority.
⁃ Supernatural manifestations (Luke 4:39-43). The baptism of the Holy Spirit on our lives is the secret ingredient to make us saucy and effective for the Kingdom of God.
2. Through the Holy Spirit? (Acts 1:1-2). What the law given through Moses could not accomplish, was accomplished by Jesus giving commandments through the Holy Spirit. The sufficiency of the commandments of Jesus is that the Holy Spirit is given to provide, help, and empower us to obey and accomplish what has been said.
a. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can BE (Acts 1:8). That daily we can BE who are in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. That we can BE the mother, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, and coworkers that bring the Kingdom of God to our families, circles of influence and workplace.
b. The the power of the Holy Spirit we can be on MISSION (Acts 1:9-11). To not stop short of what following Jesus looks like, and keeping it to ourselves, but living lives in mission for those around us. That we wouldn’t be caught GAZING when we are actually commissioned to be GOING.
c. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be WITNESSES (Acts 1:8). It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can supernaturally witness to the Lordship and Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
3. When? (Acts 1:8). The baptism of the Holy Spirit is when the Holy Spirit comes UPON you. It’s not when you’re saved, but it’s the power to testify to the One who saved you (Acts 2:16-18).
The key for us to be supernaturally used by God and let our lives be a letter for others to read of who God is and can be in their lives, is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. No matter what God is asking of us, we can rely On the Holy Spirit to empower us to obey. Would we be ones that are continually filled with the Holy Spirit, and growing in fellowship with the Person Holy Spirit, to be empowered to love well in our relationships, to work as to the Lord in our jobs, and witness to Jesus Christ in all opportunities.