“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
because He has anointed Me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim freedom
to the captives
and recovery of sight
to the blind,
to set free the oppressed….”
– Jesus, Luke 4:18 (HCSB)
As a follower of Christ, I receive that good news, that freedom, that recovery. And as part of Jesus’s body, I also continue to speak that message.
The celebration of Pentecost is this Sunday. I believe it is going to be an extraordinary day. The same Spirit that was on Jesus because the Father anointed him, God pours out on the body of Christ–on us, the church. It is poured out on the young and the old. On women and men. On people in every circumstance of life. (See Acts 2:17-18.)
The purpose of the outpouring of the Spirit on all flesh is this: to preach good news to those who do not yet have it. Without it, any human is poor. The good news is this: There is freedom and recovery through Christ. Your soul and spirit can be freed by Christ. Your body can be healed by Christ.
It took half a lifetime for me to even begin to understand how real this is, how much every person needs it, and how much more Christ is offering than I ever realized.
I am eager for the coming day of Pentecost. I believe God is eager for it. So many people are ready for a fresh anointing from God–for the presence and power of the Spirit to do those greater works that Jesus is waiting for us to do (see John 14:12).
Readers of my first 4 books know that they help walk people out of the spiritual oppression of physical illness. That is a freedom that literally millions of people in the U.S. and around the world need. And I look forward to continuing to write books that heal.
Whatever your profession, whatever your art, the anointing of Jesus can be on you to proclaim freedom and recovery, and to set people free.
I can almost sense the anticipation of heaven, looking on to see how you will respond to this opportunity. You already know the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few. (See Matthew 9:37.)
Invite God to prepare you. Begin a life you never could have imagined.