But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
In recent days the media has covered many heartwarming scenes of toddlers, born deaf, hearing for the first time after a cochlear implant. That is a true “before and after” scenario—to go from not hearing to hearing with the flip of a switch.
It wasn’t the result of flipping a switch, but the apostles of Jesus had their own “before and after” experience: pre-Pentecost versus post-Pentecost. Jesus had promised to send the Holy Spirit to give them power to fulfill the Commission He had given them. And the Spirit was poured out on them in Jerusalem at Pentecost. Before that moment, the disciples had been fearful, uncertain, and isolated behind closed doors in Jerusalem (Acts 1:12-13). After Pentecost, everything changed. Peter preached a bold sermon and thousands believed in Christ (Acts 2:41). In the following days, the apostles preached boldly in Jerusalem and worked powerful miracles in defiance of orders not to preach.
The Holy Spirit can make the same difference in our lives if we will remain submitted and obedient to Him—being filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
God commands us to be filled with the Spirit; and if we are not filled, it is because we are living beneath our privileges.
D. L. Moody
2 Chronicles 21–24