God uses our common, everyday life to form His character in us. One particular teacher calls what we do in the church “the kitchen of Christianity.” It is there that we develop our understanding, shaping and molding the dough of our life in preparation for the remaining week to follow. The truth of the matter is that what we do in the church on Sunday, though critically important, is not what proves out our witness. Our character is shaped and honed as we go through life. Patience is patterned as we stand in the checkout line. Perseverance is taught when we seek out a new job. Love is learned as we see and meet the needs of others. Regardless of station, whether it is in an office or in the field, our work becomes the foundation from which our Lord builds our character.
Jesus is our model of the Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered life (Acts 10:38). The activity of the Holy Spirit is evident at every phase of the life and ministry of Jesus. It was by the power of the Spirit that Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb (Mth. 1:18, 20). Before Jesus began His public ministry, He was filled with the Spirit of God (Mth. 3:16), and followed the Spirit’s leading into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil as further preparation for His messianic role (Mth. 4:1). The power of the Holy Spirit enabled Jesus to heal (Mth. 12:15-21) and to cast out demons (Mth. 28:16-20). Disciples are commanded to go and make disciples of all nations, “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mth. 28:19). In other words, we are to baptize them into the name – the authority – of the triune God. As we obey this commission, His Holy Spirit assures us of His ongoing presence with us. Likewise, the Bible declares to all generations, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18) for “as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14).