There are two types of people in the world when your gas gauge is just above “E.” The first is the person who will immediately go to the nearest gas station to fill up. The other is the person who will get in their car and begin their journey believing they have enough gas to get to their destination. Which person are you? What fuels you?
Last week, Pastor Neyda began our new sermon series, “Called,” where we will take a quick run through the book of Acts and see how the Holy Spirit called ordinary people to live as witnesses to their faith. Through the series, our prayer is that each of us might realize our calling and be fueled by the Holy Spirit to pursue it.
In Acts 9, Luke introduces us to Ananias. He is a Jewish disciple of Jesus living in Damascus (present-day Damascus in Syria). Ananias may have been part of the diaspora out of Jerusalem following the stoning of Stephen in Acts 8. Ananias has a vision at night where he is told to go to a particular house to seek out a man named Saul. If you know the story, you know that Saul is the one persecuting the believers. He is a dangerous man. Fueled by the Holy Spirit, Ananias goes to Saul and prays for him that he might be filled with the Holy Spirit. That moment led to a transformation as the great persecutor of the believers became the Great Proclaimer of the Gospel- the Apostle Paul.
A life fueled by the Holy Spirit leads to transformation in our own lives and in the lives of those to who we boldly minister. My prayer for Avenue Church is that we would boldly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I pray that the Holy Spirit will empower our ministries to see real-life change. I pray that Jesus would be glorified in all that we do.
What is fueling your faith today? Who is your power source?