Going back to Acts 13 "Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. The work is mine, and I care for it, and I have chosen these men and called them, and I want you who represent the Church of Christ upon earth to set them apart unto me."
We see two distinct sides to these verses. These men were set apart to the Holy Spirit and the Church was to do this separating work. The Holy Spirit could trust Barnabas and Saul to do His work in a right spirit. Jesus was dwelling in their lives! And the Church was abiding in Christ; so the Holy Spirit could say to them, "Do the work of separating these men."
This is the key to our every need as Christian workers who need greater power and blessings to reach those around us who have not yet seen the beauty and the love of Jesus as their Savior. Friends, our greatest need as a Church and as followers of Jesus is to be separated unto the Holy Spirit.
But what does that mean? Paul put it this way, "We have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is of God." I hope and pray that is our great desire! That the things of this world becomes less and less important and the Spirit of God coming in to take possession of our lives. For me it always comes back to Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live
in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
I'm sure that each of us are asking God for the Holy Spirit in our lives; to reach friends and family with Jesus. And often we see His power and receive great blessings, but God wants something more and higher. God wants us to seek for the Holy Spirit as we desire the air that we breath! Where the Holy Spirit is a power in our life to conquer self and cast out sin and fill us with Jesus! When we are separated unto the Holy Spirit our prayer will be, "Father, let the Holy Spirit have full dominion over me, in my home, in my temper, in every word of my tongue, in every thought of my heart, in every feeling toward my fellow men; let the Holy Spirit have entire possession."
I hope that this is the desire of our hearts - to be men and women separated and given completely to the Holy Spirit to fill us with Jesus!
I love you!