What Jesus Did! 'Spirit Made' — Luke 1:80

Friday, January 23, 2015

And so the little boy (John) was growing up and becoming stronger in spirit. John lived in a place away from other people, until the time when he came out {to tell God's message} to Israel (the Jews).
— Luke 1:80 NLT
Illustration of Luke 1:80 NLT — And so the little boy (John) was growing up and becoming stronger in spirit. John lived in a place away from other people, until the time when he came out {to tell God's message} to Israel (the Jews).

Key Thought

John was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb according to the promise of the angel. We should not be surprised that he grows strong in the Spirit. While we can debate whether the "s" in spirit should be lower case or upper case, the truth is, the Holy Spirit filled John's spirit and empowered his life. John was not shaped by the culture of the city or by the ways of the Temple. John was shaped by God in the same way God shaped Israel before they reached the Promised Land—the desert. John's role was unique; his ways were strange and bizarre to us that live many years later. The point Luke wants us to know, however, is that John was Spirit-led. His work sets the stage for the dawning of the age of the Spirit and the New Covenant. That Spirit is ours when we become Christians. He leads, guides, transforms, equips, and informs us as the children of God and helps us be all that we can be. We, too, can become strong in the Spirit!

Today's Prayer

Father, I know that your Son poured out the Holy Spirit upon me when I became a Christian. I know your Spirit lives in me and makes my body a holy temple where you live. So I ask that you make me strong in the Spirit. May your will and your character take shape in my life as the Holy Spirit has more influence and control of my will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 2:36-39
  • Titus 3:3-7
  • Ephesians 3:14-21

Comments

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.