Called to Walk in the Power of the Holy Spirit
In Luke 4, we see Jesus returning to Galilee after his time of temptation in the wilderness. The news about him spread quickly, and he began teaching in the synagogues, where he was glorified by all who heard him.
When he arrived in his hometown of Nazareth, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. There, he was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah and read a passage that spoke of the anointing of the Lord.
Jesus then declared that this passage had been fulfilled in him, as he had been anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and set at liberty those who were oppressed.
This was the power of the anointing at work in Jesus, enabling him to fulfill his divine mission on earth.
As Christians, we too are called to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and be anointed for service to God. We may not perform miracles or heal the sick, but we can be used by God to touch the lives of those around us in meaningful ways.
Whether it's through our conversations, our actions, or our prayers, we can be vessels of God's anointing, bringing hope, healing, and transformation to those who need it most.
The power of God's anointing is real and available to all who seek it. Like Jesus, we can walk in this power and fulfill our calling to be agents of God's love and grace in the world.
Let us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and allow him to anoint us for his purposes, so that we may make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Anthony George is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been in this position since 2017, when he was appointed by Dr. Charles Stanley, the previous Senior Pastor. George is a graduate of Duke University and United Theological Seminary.