As we are now fifty days past Easter, today we joyfully commemorate the Birthday of the Church. This significant day is known as Pentecost Sunday. In the text, Zechariah 4:1-7, Zerubbabel, head of the exiled Jews, receives a message from the Lord. Although this leader did not possess the power nor the might to complete the task before him, there was a greater force at work. The force of the Holy Spirit of God can accomplish anything. In this sermon, Pastor Victor points out three things the Lord’s spirit does for all of us.
First, the Holy Spirit performs the unimaginable. By His spirit complete restorations and inspiring comebacks can be achieved. Burdens can be lifted, the sick can be made well, and the disconsolate can be consoled. Secondly, God creates for us encounters. In His temple we are able to communicate with the Lord. When we least expect it, He will be there, so do not lose hope. Expect the unexpected. Finally, the Spirit of the Lord facilitates empowerment. By His Spirit we are all empowered to finish our assigned tasks. Others may seem to possess more power and might than we will ever know, however, their status and position can never match the Lord’s Spirit within us.
The harrowing times we are moving through, the absolute abuses of power we have witnessed, and the recovery that sometimes seems too sluggish, can leave us with a sense of despair and helplessness. Cheer up my beloved, for there is always a greater force moving in our lives. This divine force is not power, nor is it might. Most assuredly, it is the force of the ever-present Holy Spirit -- performing the unimaginable, creating encounters and facilitating empowerment designed for each of us to fulfill our own unique earthly purpose.