They appear on the horizon, giants of the windswept prairie harvesting energy in their steel wings. Wind generators standing in tall rows along a golden ridge stretch into the distance, their mighty blades revolving to catch the unseen power of the wind. No doubt there is much written about the technology and science of wind turbines but the romantic in me simply enjoys the beauty of immense blades swirling in an adagio dance against the blue sky.
A grouping of wind turbines is called a wind farm, erected to harvest the power of the wind. Prevailing winds blowing over areas of open land turn the turbines connected to a generator, which converts the kinetic wind energy into electrical power. A dry explanation for a force evoking awe when I stand beneath those sweeping blades and hear the deep, resonant swoosh of their passing.
I wonder, when the force of God’s Spirit moves through me, what does it produce? Is divine energy being channeled through my limbs, my mind, my heart, for the benefit of others? I am small and weak without much strength to my own credit, like a windmill on a windless day. But when the Holy Spirit of God empowers, He moves me to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ, according to His purposes. His empowerment is not for my own benefit, but for the purpose of reaching others with the truth of the gospel.
Just before His ascension, Jesus told His disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV) Reading through the book of Acts, the power of the Holy Spirit is clearly evident in the lives and ministries of the early disciples of Christ.
It is easy to be impressed by the spectacle of enormous rotors revolving by the power of the wind and forget the energy they produce feeds into a greater power grid. There is a complex system delivering the kinetic energy produced by wind turbines into the utility grid distributing electricity for our use. A stand-alone wind turbine may produce a small amount of power for domestic use but wind farms provide bulk power to a system beneficial to all.
The purpose behind the Holy Spirit’s power being made available to mankind was not to be a spectacle or to perform miracles for miracles’ sake. His power was given for the express purpose of enabling believers to be more effective witnesses. As conduits of the Spirit’s power, believers perform the vital function of pointing others to the source of the power, Jesus Christ.
The power of the Holy Spirit is manifested in the fruit seen in our lives; “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22) When the world wonders how a marriage lasts for 50 years, or why a business person puts honesty before profit, or a young man or woman chooses a life of purity, the Holy Spirit is displaying His power. Then those who witness this power, ask the all important question, “Why?” And once again the wind of the Spirit moves a heart upward.
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