I want to be so full of the Spirit that it is obvious to those around me.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
By Morgan Colander, Journey Online Ministry Coordinator
“Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom…They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.” — Acts 6:3, 5
The disciples needed to find people to grow their ministry so they could serve and teach more people. They specifically wanted to pick men who were full of the Spirit and wisdom. While seven men are chosen, Stephen is the only one with an explanation so honorable. It says Stephen was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.
If someone was thinking, “Who do I know that is full of the Spirit and wisdom?” would I come to their mind? Do I live in such a way that when people think of me they describe me as “full of faith and of the Holy Spirit?” If not, I want to. I want to be so full of the Spirit that it is obvious to those around me. When people see me, I want them to see Him. I am to represent Jesus to this world, and I want to continue to be refined so that can happen.
“Father, when people see me, I want them to see You. I want to be known for my faith and for the wisdom You fill me with. I want people to desire to do ministry with me because of the way I live. Lord, refine me. Purify my heart and rid the areas in my life that aren’t honoring to You. Fill me with Your Spirit. I am Your vessel. I want to build Your Kingdom. Amen.”
Now You Try
Get to a place where you can focus and read the daily Scripture passage several times. Take time to read and allow God to speak to you. Write down the one or two verses that stick out. Even consider rewriting the verse(s) in your own words.
Make a basic observation about the scripture you just read. What stood out? Was something repeated? What is the author trying to communicate? What does the Scripture passage teach you about God? What does it teach you about humanity?
Ask, “What does this verse(s) mean for my life?” How might this verse affect your heart — how you feel? How does this verse challenge your thinking? How does it affect your will, asking, “What changes do I need to make in my life as a result of this passage of Scripture?”
Write out a prayer to God. Scripture is God speaking to you, take this moment to speak back. Take a moment to say, “Thank you,” confess to Him what needs to change, or ask for something that is on your heart.