The Spirit of the Lord is upon...You!

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." (Luke 4:18-19)(NKJV)

If you've ever assumed that God's work in the world is accomplished primarily by ordained clergy, then you need to look closely at Jesus' words to the hometown crowd of Nazareth. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me," He declared, applying an Old Testament prophecy to Himself (Luke 4:18-19; Isa. 61:1-2). "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:21).

The promise fulfilled was that the Messiah had come and would do all of the things foretold in the ancient text. But the text went on to make more promises about what would happen after the Messiah's initial work: "You shall be named the priests of the Lord, they shall call you the servants of our God" (Isa. 61:6).

This would be a profound change. The tasks of "ministry" would no longer be done just by priests, rabbis, or clergy, but by all of God's people. Just as the Spirit of the Lord had come upon Christ, enabling Him to accomplish God's work, so the Spirit would enable Christ's followers to accomplish God's work, too.

If you are a believer in Christ, God has empowered you with His Spirit. Are you carrying out His assignments for you?