Posted by: Brian Musser | May 2, 2014


Work-Ship – Week Four:  The Spirit At Work – Day Twenty-Three:  Empowerment

The first week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are in the middle of our three week exploration of the work of God organizing our conversation through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

By the end of this week we will be finished with our three week examination into the work of God and we will be halfway done the entire 56 day devotional.  This week we will be looking at the work of the third member of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit.  Quite often the Holy Spirit is the overlooked or misrepresented member of the Trinity.  This is due to the nature of the Holy Spirit’s work.  God the Father’s work was in Creation, creating and sustaining it.  We can see tangible evidence of the Father’s work everywhere around us.  God the Son’s work was in history, redeeming and communicating.  We have the written records of the Son’s work.  But God the Holy Spirit works in the inner realm of humanity.  The Spirit’s work is to influence us.  The Spirit works on and in humanity empowering and convicting us.  This makes the Spirit’s work less accessible, less verifiable, less categorize-able.  The Spirit’s work is all about influence.  When we are at work influencing others we are working like the Holy Spirit.  This influence manifests itself in two broad categories:

  • Getting others to do good or empowering.
  • Getting others to stop doing evil or convicting.

Empowering and convicting are the two main ideas we will explore as we explore the work of the Holy Spirit.  Do you know where in Scripture is the first time it mentions that the Holy Spirit filled someone?  Do you know what it was in reference to?  The verses below might surprise you.

Exodus 35:30-35 (NIV)

Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.  And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others.  He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

Often we have an overly “spiritualized” idea of how the Holy Spirit works.  We limit the Spirit’s work to that which we have deemed as spiritual or sacred.  The Spirit fills us for work within the church or on the mission field.  However; as we are returning to a more Biblical perspective that everything we do is spiritual and there is no difference between our everyday life and the mission field, the role of the Holy Spirit in ours lives expands.  The Holy Spirit works in the lives of Christians to empower them to do good work.

The Holy Spirit filled Bezalel with crafting skills so that he could make a wonderful tabernacle.  The Holy Spirit filled him with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and skills.  Do you think the Bezalel had practice his craft before the Holy Spirit’s filling?  Do you think that after he made the tabernacle that those skills disappeared?  Could someone without a spiritual understanding of the universe have accredited Bezalel’s skills to another source, i.e. practice, training or talent?  Could Bezalel been mistaken in the source of his skill?

The Holy Spirit works inside of us empowering us to do good work.  Good work means both work of quality and work that is good in its very nature.  This work can be more spiritual or more physical but through the Spirit we will be able to use our work to further God’s Kingdom.  We could miss the work of the Holy Spirit empowering us and attribute it to other sources.

How could the work of the Holy Spirit empower you to do quality work?  Do you need help from the Holy Spirit to get better at your job?  How could the work of the Holy Spirit help you do work that is ultimately good for the furthering of God’s Kingdom through your job?  Is their a specific issue in your field that you need the help of the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom?


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