32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. 33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today.
The year was 1985, the town was Greenfield, IN. The gym has ugly green tile, orange nets on the rims, red blocks on the backboard, hard wooden bleachers, and I can still smell the gym to this day. It smelled of old pine and sweaty gym shoes. We were playing a team from Greenfield that we had beaten once already. This was a winner takes all final game for the Indiana Elementary School State Championships. We were down by one with six seconds on the clock. Our best player, Damon Lewis, gets great position after a shot goes up and grabs the rebound. Even as the other team had two guys pulling Damon to the floor he let the ball go and it rolled around on the rim as the clock wound down. Damon was big, even in the 5th grade, he was bigger than everyone else. His Sr Year he was 6’4 1/2 and weighed 325lbs. Damon played on our state champion Men’s basketball High School Team in 1992 and was an All-State Football player and top 100 player in the country for football. He was an athlete. As the ball rolled around on the rim, I sat and watched, having fouled out just two minutes prior, and all I could think about was the hours or wisdom and practice that was poured out to us by our coach. As the clock hit zero and the ball fell through the net unfiltered joy filled my soul as I raced onto the floor to tackle Damon. I then looked around for someone to hug and share my joy with. For years, even now at 43 years old, I have told this story and can still experience some of the same emotions. I was at my mother’s home this past month and found the new clippings from that game. I still smell the gym.
What does this have to do with the Holy Spirit? I think a lot of us as Christians today are running around and trying to make shots without having the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit poured out into our lives. We do things on instinct or natural ability. I know without a doubt we don’t win that title without the hours of practice and wisdom our coaches put us through. Yes, Damon was a physical marvel. Yes, he was talented, but without the wisdom put into his life by others, he doesn’t put himself into the proper spot on the floor to get the rebound that helps him put that ball back up and in for the win.
We as Christ followers need to yield our gifteness and natural abilities to the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus died for the sin of the world to be scratch out. He also died so that those who believe would be given the power of the Holy Spirit. My prayer today is that I am never so talented or gifted that the Holy Spirit isn’t welcome to wreck my life at any given moment. Jesus wants to give you wisdom and strength far beyond anything you can imagine. The church and Jesus people need to stop being gifted and start being Spirit filled.
1. Pray that Jesus would reveal anything in you that you haven’t yielded to him.
2. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom beyond your own.
3. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the gifts that She wants to activate in your life.