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As our culture becomes more and more saturated by technology, more and more of the things that we use rely on power. Most of the things that we use most throughout our day, computers and phones being the most obvious, require power. Even books are being replaced by kindles and tablets, both of which use energy. The extent to which we rely on power has come home to me in a new way recently. Ever since he was a puppy, my dog has slept under my bed, but recently, he’s started sleeping right underneath my head, where all of the cords are plugged in. Each night, as he gets settled into his new favorite spot, he accidentally pulls all of the cords out of the outlet, so my new morning ritual is to plug my lamp and phone charger back into the outlet.
The same is true of the Christian life. In order to live holy lives, in order to worship and serve God, and in order to come to Christ in the first place, we need power from outside ourselves. The Holy Spirit gives us that power. The Holy Spirit is the power source of the entire Christian life, from start to finish. We come to faith in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we grow in obedience to God through the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are carried safely to the end by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s natural for us to contemplate what the Father and the Son have done for us. The Father sent the Son to die on the cross for us, and the Son actually went to the cross to bear the punishment for our sins. But when was the last time you stopped to praise the Spirit for what He has done in your life. He has given you new life, and He has given you progress in holiness. If you stand here today as a believer united to Christ, that is because of the Holy Spirit. If you have grown in your ability to love your family over the recent months, that is because of the Holy Spirit. If you have had a mountain-top experience of worship, that is because of the Holy Spirit. Every blessing of the Christian life is given to us by the power of the Spirit. Although none of these blessings would be possible without the redeeming work of the Father and the Son, it is the Spirit who ultimately brings them to bear on our lives. As we come to worship this Sunday, it is the Spirit who gives us the power to praise God, but He is also the object of our worship. As the third person of the Triune God and the one who gives us the power for the Christian life, He deserves our exuberant praise.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Sermon: Empowered by the Holy Spirit