When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 TEV

When construction workers, demolition crews or miners really need a big job done, they will use dynamite, one of the most powerful explosives available. It can accomplish in minutes what would otherwise take weeks of manpower to accomplish.

The word dynamite comes from the Greek "dynamos," which means "power." In the first chapter of the Acts of the apostles Jesus is about to ascend into heaven and tells the disciples that they will be filled with "power" -- that is "dynamite" -- to do the work He has commissioned them to do. Then in chapter 2, on the day of Pentecost, they receive that "power" as the Holy Spirit descends upon them. Immediately the witnesses can tell a difference. 

Jesus did not abandon the disciples, nor has he abandoned us. In Joel 2:28 & 29 God promises to pour out His Spirit, (dynamic power) on everyone. 

When we begin to digest the full meaning of the root word for "power," we cannot help but be left in a state of awe. Gd has gifted us with dynamic, super-human power to do his work here on earth. What a gift! However, the question does have to be asked; can the world tell the difference?

Lord, empowered by your Holy Spirit, we commit our lives to your service. Amen.

Madeline (NE)