When I was about four years old I did what many young boys do. I watched my father as he got ready for the day. There was something about watching your father shave. He would lather up the shaving cream, put it on, and then slowly begin to shave the stubble off of his chin. One day I decided that I wanted to try shaving, so I grabbed the razor and went at it. I'm sure you know where this story is headed, I ended up cutting into my cheek. It did not go well, I didn't cry but I was surprised by the amount of blood that came running down my cheek. When my parents saw me they did is all parents do and frantically tried to stop the bleeding all the while wondering, "How did this happen?" That's what children do, we emulate our parents, girls watch their mothers and boys watch their fathers and we want to be like them. We want to do the things that they do. It continues beyond our parents as we are influenced by teachers, coaches, leaders, mentors, etc. We see attributes and characteristics in them that we would like to see in our lives. I had one man in my life who was a coach and mentor to me when I first began in youth ministry his name is Dann Spader, a man who spent his life studying the life of Christ. It was inspirational, and he loved teaching others about the life of Christ. A lot of what I know about the life of Jesus came from Dann. He would constantly tell me to teach others what I was learning. I want to be more like Dann Spader. One thing he would always come to was a verse that talks about emulating the life of Christ.
1 John 2:6 - Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he (Jesus) walked.
Christ came, took on flesh, and lived his life as an example for us and how we are to live our lives. One example was his dependence upon the Holy Spirit. I challenge you to read through Luke 4 and look at the amazing connection between Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Here were some of the things that popped out to me.
Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. v 1
- This story takes place immediately after Jesus was baptized
- An illustration that my brother-in-law, Donny, told me years ago has always stuck with me about being filled with the Holy Spirit. He told me don't think of it as a cup being filled but rather a sail being filled with air. What happen when a sail is filled with air? The boat will move! Which leads to the next point.
Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit. v 1
- The sails were up, Jesus was filled and led.
- Also he was willing to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit even when it meant he was being led into the wilderness and into a hard season.
Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit. v 14
- This verse came directly after Jesus had been tempted.
- What stood out to me was that we can't overcome sin in our own power. The only way we can defeat the enemy is in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was commissioned by the Holy Spirit. v 18
- Jesus stood up and read the scroll in the synagogue which said "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach good news to the poor."
- Jesus was sent in the power of the Holy Spirit to preach and to set the captives free.
Here's the beautiful thing of all these observations, none of them are too lofty or two unattainable for you and I. We can be filled with the Holy Spirit. We can be led by the Holy Spirit. We can be empowered by the Holy Spirit. We can be commissioned by the Holy Spirit.
Our goal is To Live As Christ, are you living a Holy Spirit dependent life as Jesus did?