THE SPIRIT AND THE APPRENTICE
The ideal servant in God’s Kingdom is always subject to a higher authority and is a humble learner. The good servant does not grasp at their position and selfishly guard their power. The most vital characteristic of a trusted servant is the spirit in which they perform their duties.
Jesus’ first recorded miracle happened at the wedding in Cana when he turned water into wine. We know that Jesus did no miracles until after the Holy Spirit descended upon him. Something was unlocked in Jesus when the Spirit descended.
The Father’s affirmation accompanied the coming of the Spirit. From that point on Jesus, began his earthly ministry. If Jesus did not have a public ministry until God’s Spirit was upon Him, why would we think we could serve God in the power of our sinful flesh nature? We too, need the Father’s affirmation and Spirit’s empowerment.
We see the same thing in the birth of the Church. The Holy Spirit came upon the 120 disciples in the Upper Room (Acts 2). It was not until the coming of the Spirit that miraculous signs and wonders happened in the Church.
The first miracle after Pentecost came at the Temple gate when Peter and John met a disabled man who had begged for many years. On this day he asked them for alms and they had this reply.
This is a good picture of the Spirit and the Apprentice. Peter was an apprentice of the Holy Spirit. He and John served the lame man by first acknowledging that they did not have the thing he was asking for. The servants do not have enough money to provide Band-Aid solutions to a wounded world. This man needed more than a few shekels to get his next meal. He needed Jesus, the One who could transform him into a new man.
The Spirit led apprentices made a way for Jesus to show up and do something. As Jesus gave the man new feet and ankles, he jumped and danced for joy. He joined in the company of servant apprentices and went into the Temple courts. The broken man became a worshipper alongside these spiritual servants, Peter and John.
Without God’s Spirit leading us, we will give beggars a few coins or cross the street to avoid them. Let us be empowered by the Servant Spirit of God. Our job is to make a way for Jesus to show up. Are you an apprentice of the Spirit seeking to learn the Spirit’s ways?
Whether we mop a floor, serve soup or teach a group of Grade Two children, it will be the touch of God’s Spirit in us that makes the difference. When you engage in charitable deeds and godly work, do people see an inflated ego or a humble servant empowered by God’s Spirit? May God empower us with His Spirit and dress us in the uniform of God’s Love.