Are you trying to live your life under powered by your own steam? Are you attempting to make it through your week by pulling yourself up by your boot straps? When life drains you dry and empty, are you trying to fill yourself back up through the people and things that only sometimes make you feel good?
In Acts 1:4 Jesus tells the disciples, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” Later, in verse 8, He tells them about that gift, which is the Holy Spirit, “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.” Jesus tells his disciples that they have a mission to be His witnesses throughout the world, but in verse 4, He makes it extremely clear that they cannot simply rush out and start completing their mission. There is a critical piece missing without which they will not be able to do what Jesus called them to do: the power of the Holy Spirit.
The good news is that the rest of Acts and the New Testament that the Holy Spirit was not just a one-time, special gift to the disciples; the Holy Spirit comes permanently on every believer when they put their trust in Christ. The question to consider is whether or not we are putting the gift of the Holy Spirit to use. Jesus lets us know that the work that God has given us to do cannot be completed without the power, gifts, and presence of God that the Holy Spirit makes possible.
So let me ask you a question. In your present life, what do you need the Holy Spirit for? What can you not accomplish without Him? Do you feel Him supply you with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) as you face circumstances in your life that require them?
Jesus told the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came on them, but you don’t have to. The Holy Spirit is here. He came on you when you put your trust in Christ. Are you attempting supernatural ends by natural means? Or are you putting the Holy Spirit to good use?