Sunday, 20th February, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Romans 8:14 KJV)
In Acts 13:1-4, we see the disciples acting out the instructions of the Lord Jesus in Luke 10:2. Jesus had said, “…The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
In Acts 13, the apostles responded to that injunction through prayer. The Bible tells us that as they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “...Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2 NKJV).
What the Bible tells us next is most inspiring: “And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus” (Acts 13:3-4). Now, who commissioned these two labourers and sent them forth? The Holy Spirit!
In Acts 8:26, we see another beautiful story of how the angel of the Lord spoke unto Philip, asking him to go somewhere. Later on, the Holy Spirit instructed Philip to join himself to the chariot of an Ethiopian eunuch, a member of the court of Candace, the Ethiopian queen: “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him…” (Acts 8:29-30).
Philip did as he was instructed and found the eunuch sitting in his chariot, reading the book of the Prophet Isaiah but couldn’t understand it. Philip offered to explain and further announced to the Ethiopian eunuch the Gospel of Jesus, and in the end, the eunuch was saved and baptized (Acts 8:26–39). Again, we see the Holy Spirit sending a man into the mission field for the work of harvest. Hallelujah!
The Holy Spirit is here for a purpose. He is the Lord of the harvest, and through His grace and power that’s at work in us, we can be effective witnesses of the resurrected Christ. Recognize and take your place as a co-labourer with Him as He leads you in the work as a soul-winner and a soul-builder. Follow His guidance and direction.
"Dear Father, thank you, for the Holy Spirit who is the Lord of the harvest, lives in me to guide me in winning souls and establishing them in the Kingdom. I take advantage of His grace and power in me to be an effective witness of the Gospel and the resurrected Christ, fulfilling my calling every day as a soul-winner and a soul-builder, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Luke 10:2 ; Matthew 9:37-38
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 4:21-41 & Leviticus 16-18
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 20:1-12 & Psalm 31-32