It’s been an interesting exercise to consider all the calls that are possible from God on our lives. There is the call to Salvation, Lordship, Purpose and Mission. There is also a call to ministry either by ordination or simply as a part of the Priesthood of All Believers. There is a call to be an Elder, Deacon, Local Pastor or Lay Servant. But the call to receive that is revealed in Acts 19:1-2 is captivating:
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
So we have Paul leaving Apollos to tend to the work in Corinth and making his way through Ephesus and Paul encounters a group of disciples. Now it is interesting that the Bible refers to them in Acts 19 as disciples and not merely believers. He discovers that they have received John’s baptism, but have never requested to be filled with the Holy Spirit and even confess they didn’t even know that God in Spirit for desired to live within them.
What a breakthrough! To think that there are those who may think Jesus Christ the Son of God came only to forgive their sin and never leave them nor forsake them, but miss the very reason the Comforter/Advocate was sent, to live in them. How about you? Have you ever considered that you have not all God intends for you to have if you are content for God to be with you but not in you? The resurrection of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit is God’s way of bringing victory, not just near us, but in us! Praise be to God.