An Empty Tank
It’s called “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing” and on Sunday, May 28, 2017, Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500. When Fernando Alonso, the front runner, was forced to retire with engine problems, Sato took the lead. Helio Castroneves, a three time Indy winner, tried to come on from the outside and even got side by side, but Sato’s Honda engine was too much for Castroneves’ Chevrolet. Neither car would have made it to this deciding point in the race without the fueler who uses his spring-loaded lever to efficiently pour E 85 (85% ethanol and 15% unleaded gas) into the tank.
Without fuel there’s no power, and without power there’s no race. According to Luke, in Acts 19, the same is true in our spiritual lives.
“While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the hill country interior and came to Ephesus where he found some disciples. And he said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? They responded, ‘No, we have never heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ And Paul said, ‘Into what, then, were you baptized?’ They said, ‘Into John’s baptism.’
And Paul said, ‘John baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that there is one coming after me that you are to believe in and this one is Jesus.’ When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Paul placed his hands on them. The Holy Spirit came upon them and they began to speak in tongues and prophesy. Now there were about twelve of them in all.” Acts 19:1-7
After Apollos left Ephesus, Paul arrived and met a unique group of about twelve guys. They had responded to the earliest beginnings of John the Baptist’s ministry and his call to repent and be baptized, but they had completely missed the apex of his ministry when John baptized Jesus and predicted that he wouldn’t baptize with water but with the Holy Spirit (Lk. 3:16).
It doesn’t take the Apostle Paul long to bring these men up to speed, and as soon as they hear the rest of the Story about Jesus, they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and Luke describes a mini-Pentecost in the lives of these men. They needed the fuel, the power that only Jesus can provide. (Acts 1:8).
LORD, help me not to try to power my own life or ministry on my own fuel. Only your Spirit can keep the engine running. Thanks for your gift of the Holy Spirit and that these men prove that when we believe in Jesus we receive this gift.
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