mighty works and wonders and signs

  

Acts 2:22 (ESV)

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— “

There it is again. The word: mighty.

It first popped up in the Book of Acts in reference to the coming of the Holy Spirt: ‘a mighty rushing wind’. (Ac 2:2)

Then in reference to the Holy Spirit testifying about God the Father: ‘the mighty works of God’. (Ac 2:11)

And now in reference to Jesus of Nazareth: the ‘mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him’. (Ac 2:22)

Turning water into wine. Healing the sick. Feeding the thousands. Calming raging storms. Raising the dead to life.

Yep. All of them seem mighty to me.

Interestingly they are all linked to God. They are divine works. And their purpose is to glorify God.

Although they all pale in comparison with Jesus Himself rising from the dead.

Now that’s mighty.

Kim+

prayer : thank you for your mighty works and wonders and signs that point us to your divinity

action : ‘Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!’ (Ps 96:1-2)

stir up one another to love and good works

Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, …

Our faith is not one of idleness and seclusion. As if we can live in isolation, separate from other believers.

Paul extols us to consider how to stir up one another. To thoughtfully ponder (the consider) and then enthusiastically encourage (the stir up).

This suggests that there’s no easy, simple prescription. It requires prayerful deliberation.

Each and every saint has a combination of gifts and a personality unique to them.

Yet they’re to be used to the same end: namely, love and good works.

Yes, it’s a challenge: How? Where? And when to use our gifts?

But we’re not alone.

We have our brothers and sisters in Christ helping us to think it through.

And the Holy Spirit guiding us in our decision making (1 Corinthians 12:7ff).

Kim+

prayer : help me to better stir up my brothers and sisters in Christ

action : email or SMS a different fellow believer each day with a word of encouragement