Friday, June 2

What’s missing?

Scripture: Acts 18

Acts 18:24–26 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent speaker, well-versed in the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm he spoke and taught accurately the facts about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak out fearlessly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately.

Observation

Apollos had a sterling reputation with one exception: “he knew only the baptism of John.” After hearing him teach, Priscilla and Aquila took him aside “and explained the way of God to him more accurately.” They recognized that something was missing. There was a deficiency in his message.

What was missing? Scholars have various opinions about this. It seems that Apollos may not have understood the significance of Christian baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit. A number of scholars land on that last piece: that Apollos didn’t know about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

Application

The Christian life isn’t difficult. It’s impossible! It is only possible in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

What is missing? Like Apollos, I often try to live on my own skills or power. That can only take you so far. I need the Holy Spirit. 

I read that Charles Spurgeon, when he mounted the steps to preach each Sunday, would whisper with each step, “I need you Holy Spirit.” 

That’s my prayer today too. I don’t want to run only on my own power.

Prayer: Lord, I love You. I need You, Holy Spirit. Fill me today and empower me to live the life You have for me. 

More: 1 Kings 11-12, Psalm 65, Ephesians 4