The Holy Spirit is present and active in our lives, bringing about life. Or as the Nicene Creed says, the Holy Spirit is the giver of life. One image of the Holy Spirit in Scripture is the breath of God (Job 33:4). Picture that for a moment—God breathing His life into you. Take a deep breath right now. Remind yourself that it is the Spirit of the Living God who gives life to you in this very moment.
God’s life empowers us. Throughout Scripture, we see God present with His people by His Spirit, giving His people a strength that is not their own.
In Ephesians 3:20 the apostle Paul proclaims that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ever ask or imagine according to God’s power that is at work within us. Immeasurably more.
All this, all this strength and power from God, is given to us for a purpose.
As John 20 says, on the evening of first day of the week, after the death of Jesus, the disciples were huddled up together, behind locked doors, for fear of the Jewish leaders (v. 19). There had been some rumors of resurrection, but fear gripped these early followers of Jesus. But then the risen Jesus came into their midst. Jesus is alive!
Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you.”
John 20:20–22 goes on to say, “After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”
As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.
Like the first followers of Jesus, we too are sent out in the power of the Holy Spirit. Like the prophets in the Old Testament, like our Lord Jesus in the gospels and the early church in the book of Acts, we are sent in the power of the Holy Spirit to join God in His mission of redemption and restoration.
We are called to love and serve in the name of Jesus. God sends us to proclaim the gospel with our words and actions. To seek justice, to care for the widow, the orphan, to serve as witnesses to the goodness and grace of God. We are a people sent, but we do not go in our own strength. No, we go in the power of the Holy Spirit.