Having been baptized and experiencing temptation in the desert of Judea, Jesus “returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.” (Luke 4:14)
How did Jesus accomplish all that the Father had sent Him to do? By the power of the Holy Spirit! How futile for us to attempt ministry in our own strength, to conclude that we can teach, serve, preach, practice hospitality, lead worship, pray, visit, evangelize, etc in our own strength! Without Christ, we can do NOTHING…..nothing of any eternal impact because our motives are mixed, our messages are not clear and our methods are often short-sighted. The Spirit of God tests the heart, has provided us with a “God-breathed” method and empowers ministry for eternal impact.
How soon the tide of popularity with shift as Jesus presents truth in his hoe town.
v.14 “…and everyone praised him.”
v.28 “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff….”
Popularity rises and falls. Leaders who lead for God may or may not be popular, but their commitment to present truth must remain resolute. There must be no “adjusting of the message” in order to maintain ‘popularity’ or to ‘scratch the itching ears of hearers.’ (2 Timothy 4:3)
In our next post we’ll explore the customs of Jesus in worship and engagement with the Scriptures. May our own engagement with truth by studying, obeying and applying it, lead us more and more into a heart-changing empowerment by the Spirit of God.