Jesus didn’t just call His followers; He equipped them. They couldn’t see the next steps in the mission ahead—so He gave them the Holy Spirit.
His followers were passionate, resilient, intuitive, communicators of the gospel (most of the time). But there were gaps in their résumés. Big gaps.
Where would they begin? Where would they go? What would they tell people? How would they mobilize? How would they influence such vastly different communities and cultures? What would they say in awkward situations? How would they respond to criticism?
The mission sounded impossible to them. And really, it was. Jesus knew that.
Think about it. If Jesus had left His followers empty-handed, they would have had to rely on their own genius. They’d do what any self-reliant preacher does: rent a used van, go on tour, preach a few dozen inspiring sermons, and motivate a few hundred lost souls—for a little while. Minus the Holy Spirit following Jesus’ resurrection, the world would have been left to rationalize Jesus’ freakish miracles. They’d scratch their heads, offer up a few shaky explanations, and keep their eyes peeled for the real Messiah. Yes, by the disciples’ limited thinking, the mission ahead was impossible.
But where man’s greatest critical thinking ends, the Holy Spirit is just getting started.
In John’s gospel, chapters 14-16, Jesus made it clear to the disciples that things were about to change. He was going home, and they would soon be on their own to carry His message to the world. This is not the time to lose your heads, He told them. Instead it’s time to light this place up like the Fourth of July—to plug in the Holy Spirit—and take this ministry and message to the next level and do even greater works!
That truth doesn’t change when you log online with a profile and screen name. The online mission field is atypical, but so too is the Holy Spirit. He bobs and weaves in the context of any culture, distills the complicated, and bridges the gaps in our spiritual résumés.
“The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
John 14:26, NIV
Can the Holy Spirit help “nontechnical” (air quotes encouraged) people navigate the channels of social media? You bet!
He equips you to touch others, even if you haven’t got a clue about what Ning, Bing, Tumblr, or Twitter is. It’s safe to say, He has moved bigger mountains.
He’s doing all of this and more, right now online. He’s turning introverts into dynamic Kingdom connectors online. He’s raising up teens to be texting evangelists. He’s teaching grandmas to become technically savvy Twitter pros. He has turned thousands of “non-writers” into influential Kingdom bloggers and nuns into digital prayer warriors who minister to thousands of people a day online.
What’s stopping you? If you want to take that next step, you can start HERE.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle people face when it comes to sharing their faith?