“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 NKJV
There’s a common saying that when the purpose of a thing is unknown, abuse is inevitable. As it concerns the power of the Holy Spirit, we live in a generation where many Christians see it as a tool for self preservation or for show off. This is an abuse of power.
According to our anchor text, we have received power so that we can witness. We have not received it to feel good about ourselves or for other related wrong reasons. Every ability that we have received by the Spirit is for the purpose of doing ministry and that includes the working of miracles (1 Corinthians 12: 7-10).
Jesus worked so many miracles that pulled up a big crowd. However, that didn’t stop him from telling them the truth because miracles may attract a crowd but miracles by themselves cannot save them.
“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men.”
John 2:23-24 NKJV
He didn’t commit Himself to them because He knew that what they wanted was the physical bread instead of Him who is the bread of life. The moment He began to tell the crowd the truth, guess what happened to them? They stopped following Him! In a generation like ours where we are easily impressed, we need to understand that unlike us, God is not impressed by the crowd.
We must never get carried away by the miracles we see or do that we lose sight of purpose. Believers in the early church worked many miracles, they healed many sick and even raised the dead but when it all came down to it, they knew that God had called them unto a purpose bigger than them. Hence, the reason they willingly laid down their lives for the sake of the gospel, even though they had once raised the dead back to life.
Dear friends, God is more interested in our motives (the Why) than our actions (the What). In our kingdom, “the what” is not as important as “the why”. Why are you so interested in the demonstration of power? What’s the motive behind your desire to heal the sick? Is it to feel good about your being a Christian? Or is it for the purpose of saving lives?
You must understand that miracles are a tool for evangelism; they are a means to the end of fulfilling the purpose to which we have been called – to know Christ and to make Him known (2 Corinthians 5:18). Our working of miracles must be targeted at getting people saved.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 12:35-44, 2 Corinthians 10, Psalms 105,1 Samuel 24-25