Next Steps

Something Is Missing
Acts 19:1-20

Have you ever sat there by yourself and asked, “What am I missing?” I mean, you have the job you’ve always wanted, the girl or boy, the bank account, and even the right address, and still you can’t escape this feeling that something is missing! If you’ve ever felt this way, you are not alone. In our text (Acts 19:1-20), we see three groups of people, all with the same thing in common: (1) disciples who’ve repented of sin but are living without the Holy Spirit, (2) the Jews who know God but reject His Messiah, and (3) the Ephesians who live under the spell of Artemus / Diana, the goddess of the Ephesians. Paul arrives there around 57-58 AD on his third missionary journey, and his presence and message sweeps like a tidal wave into Ephesus, affecting spirituality, commerce, and everything in between. Why did Paul’s message have such resonance in Ephesus? Because he spoke to their core need. You see, without God, we’re lifeless, no matter what we tell ourselves to the contrary. Do you remember what Adam was before God breathed into him? A pile of dust (Genesis 2:7). Until God breathes upon us through His Holy Spirit, we, too, are dust. But we often miss this, don’t we? We turn to things to give us life, things our own hands have made or can make. What if we allowed God to be everything to us? What if we turned from our idols and made room for the Spirit?

This week, let’s invite the kingdom rule of Jesus over our lives, and let us watch God’s power reshape us:
Monday: Take 10 minutes to read about the Holy Spirit and what He longs to do in you. (Romans 8:26; John 14:26)
Tuesday: Invite the kingdom rule of Jesus over your life. (Luke 11:1-10)
Wednesday: Search your heart for what stands in God’s way of moving in you. (Psalms 139:23-24)
Thursday: Identify areas in your life where God is already working and invite Him deeper in. (John 16:13-15)
Friday: Share what God is doing in your life with a family member or friend. (Philippians 1:6)
Saturday: Ask God to satisfy you with Himself and give you a greater love for Him. (Isaiah 58:11; Matthew 22:3-5)

When we allow God to be truly God over us, there will be nothing lacking. This does not mean we won’t have problems, needs, or set backs. It only means that we will be aware that, whatever our temporal needs, God has met all our needs according to His riches in Christ. (Philippians 4:19) If we desire to see God’s power in us, we must allow God to be what’s missing in our lives. Join me in doing that this week.

Pastor Briant