1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
Have you ever felt bored by certain scriptures- not interested in what is being communicated?
This is one we MUST connect with regardless of how useful we consider the content.
Jesus is the center (He is always the center). Therefore, the Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus and He delighted in the fear of the Lord. These are two voluntary conditions He demonstrates for our pursuit. We choose the fear of the Lord (Pr 1:29-30) and we choose whether or not we will live full of the Holy Spirit (Eph 5:18-20). These two possibilities are prerequisite to anything else. They began and completed the declaration of the most prolific writer of all prophets. However, let’s focus on the quintuple stuff of the Oreo.
The Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might and knowledge.
If we are in Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit is upon Jesus then we will demonstrate at least one of these principle graces. Which one of these excites you? If you don’t have the answer, maybe we can take a journey in a few paragraphs towards the answer. Here goes:
The Spirit of wisdom will be obvious by certain discernment and vocal gifts. Does your gut instinct tend to lead to victory? How about spotting truth or deception? These tendencies may invite you to study how the Spirit of wisdom flows through other individuals throughout the Gospel. You may be drawn to the prophets and their lives. Your wisdom will help others make better decisions and hear truth that otherwise would go unsaid.
Are you a natural leader? Do you focus people towards a common goal or even their own personal goals? The Spirit of counsel rests on individuals for the purpose of offering exhortation and direction. Every team needs a cheerleader and strategic leadership. These life coaches aren’t satisfied until you are the best you- until the world is the best world.
When Adam and Eve opened our eyes to the knowledge of good and evil, the Spirit of knowledge was necessary on the earth. Without careful study of what God has said, we can’t interpret His will for our generation. Without a diligent commitment to all His words and their interaction with lifestyles and temptations and self we can’t know what is right and what is wrong. If social questions drive you to hours within the Gospel for the answer, the Spirit of knowledge very well may be your gift. But do you communicate to others what you have learned? Do you submit your learning to those who have already been approved as gifted teachers?
The Spirit of might is possibly the most celebrated of all the gifts but should never be elevated above the others. Any desire for signs above faith will always fall short of fullness of the Spirit of God. Remember, each facet is simply one aspect of the complete picture. The full color spectrum requires all the others to produce the actual picture. Does healing spring from your prayers- do you see disease and debilitation and fall into a posture of intercession for others? Remember, power comes from compassion (Ga 5:6).
Maybe the most common gifts flow through a Spirit of understanding. What hidden talents just need some attention to flourish in your world? What do you love to do that others love you to do that advances the Kingdom of God? Digital artists compel people to fill God’s house, musicians and singers elevate our hearts into the presence of God. Gifted nurturers create safe environments for children to know Jesus. Pleasant personalities with an approachable smile fill churches all over the world with hospitality. We recognize these people as professionals in marketing and theater and hotel management while neglecting their gifts in the greatest institution given to humankind.
Where do you fit in all of this? Creating environments, coaching thirsty rookies, giving wisdom to leaders, finding answers or demonstrating the Gospel with power?
It’s your turn.