But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. – Acts 1:8, NIV
Have you ever had to wait for something and it felt like you were waiting FOREVER? I think about my daughter who is currently waiting for her birthday to arrive. Everyday she asks me, “Mommy, is it my birthday?” Each morning she wakes up, checking for balloons and presents. Multiple times a day she asks me, “Is it almost time for my party?” While children clearly lack an understanding of time, even adults can understand the agony of waiting in anticipation.
I have to wonder if the disciples felt that way when Jesus promised them the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1, we see Jesus promises the arrival of the Holy Spirit, and then He returns to heaven to be with His Father. The disciples must have been heartbroken at His departure, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 2, we see that the Spirit arrived with “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven, and filled the whole house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2). In that moment, all of those present in that room were filled with the power of the Spirit.
“Everyone who wants to be an effective witness for Christ depends on this power” (The 3 Colors of Ministry, p. 19). Yet throughout the New Testament, we see that the power of the Spirit is present in certain situations and absent in others. In Mark 6:5 we even read that Jesus was unable to do any miracles when the power of the Holy Spirit did not enable Him to do so. Power is not a static possession, but rather something that can be present or absent, depending on the situation.
Wind and Spirit
In both Hebrew (the Old Testament) and Greek (the New Testament), the terms for “wind” and “spirit” are almost identical. We see an example of this in Acts 2:2 where the arrival of the Spirit sounds like wind.
It is no accident that in Genesis 2:7 we read that human life literally started by God “breathing the breath of life” into the “dust of the ground.” And when Jesus met his disciples for the first time after his resurrection, we learn that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). (The 3 Colors of Ministry, p. 19)
It is with this in mind, the Spirit and His accompanying power are demonstrated by the color blue.
Power = Fruit
Without the power of the Spirit, a ministry cannot be fruitful. There may be two Christians who do the exact same kind of ministry or work for the Kingdom, yet one is fruitful and the other is not. The difference is not always in their level of commitment (demonstrated by the color red); both leaders may be equally committed. The different is the presence of Divine Power – the presence of the Holy Spirit (blue).
Just as even Jesus was unable to do miracles without the power of the Holy Spirit present, those involved in ministry will experience the same fruitlessness if they are working by their own efforts alone. It is only by His power that our human efforts can have eternal impact.
Is the power of the Spirit present in your life? If not, are you eagerly awaiting His arrival?