How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 AMP
The Greek root word translated ‘good’ in the above Scripture means “to be philantrophic” – Strong’s; “to bestow a benefit” – Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.
For this piece’s purpose, I’ll stick with Dictionary.com’s definition of philantrophy as “altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement…; an organisation devoted to helping needy persons or to other socially useful purposes.”
Ever desired to be a philanthropist? Your wealth status is no barrier; you don’t have to be ‘wealthy’ in earthly-qualifying terms to be so. Our Scriptural focus for today, coupled with the definition of a philanthropist, tells me Jesus was one. So, what philantropic acts did Jesus do? The prophecy about Him, which He quoted as being true of Him one sabbath in the synagogue, tells us some:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to:
- Preach the Gospel to the poor
- He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted
- To preach deliverance to the captives, and
- Recovering of sight to the blind
- To set at Liberty them that are bruised
- To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” Luke 4:18-19
Others include teaching the Word of God (Matthew 4:23; 9: 35), feeding multitudes (Mark 8:19-20), raising the dead (John 11:32-44), providing a net-breaking fish catch for Peter after using his boat (Luke 5:1-7), saving a couple from embarrassment at their wedding reception by turning water to wine (John 2:3-11) etc.
The main texts we referenced above clearly show us that Jesus was able to do good because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit that was on Him. Jesus said that if we believe in Him, we’ll not only do the works He did but even greater (John 14:12). We therefore, need the anointing of the Holy Spirit if we’ll be philantropic like Jesus was.
If you haven’t done so, why don’t you ask God for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to come on you? He is the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4-5) that was given at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). He’s already here, why don’t you receive Him? He’ll empower you to de philantrophic, so that next time (how about now? 🙂 ) you feel like doing a good deed for the day, you’ll know that you can replicate what Jesus did because the same anointing that empowered Him rests upon you. As you do so, God would back you up and confirm the truth, viability and effectiveness of His Word (Jeremiah 1:12; Mark 16:15-18).
Please go ahead and share your experience with us all.
God bless you🙂
© Lydia Ndagilaya for PneumaWord
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