And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: (Acts 2:17-18 KJV)
The Gospel account of Luke 19 vs. 11-27, tells the story of a nobleman who was to go to a far country to be crowned ‘regent’ and then to return back to his home country. Later verses were to show us that his country men were not favourable towards him. If it was a democratic issue, he probably would have lost the election. In fact, some of his people sent a message after him, saying, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14 KJV) Such was the state of things for the noble man in his country.
Now, this is the interesting thing: how were his servants going to do business in a country where their master is hated? How were they supposed to navigate trade and commerce in world that wants to have nothing to do with their master? Even the nobleman knew that his country people hated him, yet, he expected profit from the business he left for his servants. What was the secret? What was the means by which men could actually succeed in pushing the kingdom of God despite the wicked and corrupt world around them which are fully hostile to that kingdom? The secret was in THE TALENT.
Before leaving the country, he had given the talent to his servants, and he told them, “Occupy (trade, do business) till I come.” (Luke 19:13 KJV) What really could this talent be? A lot of things have been said concerning the talent. For some, it is money. For others it is special abilities (singing, writing, dancing, etc.), for others it is time, and many others. Now, these options are not untrue in themselves, but it is important that we really look at that parable again.
If the nobleman is the Lord Jesus, his servants-his disciples, and his countrymen-the Jews, then we have to ask- what was the talent (empowerment) that Jesus left for His disciples as he was about to leave them to go into the far country? It was A PROMISE. “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49 KJV)
This Promise was not a once in a lifetime promise. It is a promise for all times. Beginning from the very days before creation, and throughout Bible times, nothing was really accomplished that was of any worth to God without the person of the Holy Spirit at work in and through the lives of men and women. He is the empowerment, the talent, which when we engage, we are sure to succeed even in this wicked world.
Nothing of eternal worth can be accomplished without the Holy Spirit. That was why Jesus told His disciples to wait until He arrives. That Pentecost day, 10 days after the Ascension, the Holy Ghost came, and that became the game-changer. The Prophet Joel had given us this promise for all times, when by the same Spirit, he prophesied of an out-poring upon all flesh. Now, here in Acts, Peter quotes the prophet Joel and tells the gathered Israelites, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;” (Acts 2:16 KJV) Here on that Pentecost day, the promise was fulfilled.
However, this did not end with Pentecost day; it is a promise for all times. When the Pentecost audience desired to know how to activate this precious gift, the Apostle said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39 KJV)
We have no excuse, beloved, if we fail in opour mission on this earth. We have no reason to fail in affecting our generation for God. We have no excuses to give if we fail to rasie disciples for Christ in these end-times. The Power of God is upon us. His Spirit has been poured out. His talent has been given, and all who bother to activate this talent and utilize it will certainly make much profit in life and ministry.
So, a question for you- are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Have you experienced the person of the Spirit of God at work in your life and labours? Remember that this is a promise for all times. It was not only for the Apostles in their days, but for all men at all times, as many as the Lord has given an assignment in this wicked world. Are you thirsty for the Spirit? Have you seen your need of Him in your life? Are you born again, washed by the blood of the lamb? Then with a burdened heart, bended knees and hands lifted in faith, if you can bow in prayer and simply say, “Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me now. Take over now.” This is all that is needed to have this blessed promise, and once He comes, your life will never be the same again.