By Cheryl Schang,
JVMI’s Vice President of Global Outreach
Without the arrowhead, the arrow would never reach its target. Likewise, with the Holy Spirit, we won’t have the necessary power to hit our spiritual target.
An arrowhead doesn’t grow out of the arrow. You have to get it from somewhere else and stick it on. Why do you have an arrowhead? Why don’t you sharpen the stick really sharp? Because a sharp stick won’t penetrate. You need something a little more powerful.
Just being cleaned up and stripped off isn’t quite enough to be an arrow for God. You have to have power from God, and you get that from the Holy Spirit. You can’t just say you have done a really good job of cleaning yourself up and you don’t need the Holy Spirit. Without power, you can’t penetrate the issues, you can’t pentrate your society, you can’t penetrate your problem. The arrowhead is the power part, and you have to get it from an outside source.
Even Jesus, who lived a perfect of a life, needed the power of the Holy Spirit. He came as Son of Man, and though He was morally perfect, He didn’t have the power necessary to penetrate His generation. He had to have something from an outside source, the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was baptized, He was filled with the Holy Spirit. We also have to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Being an arrow is not just a one-time experience. An archer will not use a new arrow for the first time in a competition. He uses an arrow that he has shot multiple times and that flies true. After a practice round, he will pull the arrowhead off to rework it and re-sharpen it.
You can’t just get filled with the Holy Spirit one time and then check it off your list. When we look at the life of the disciples, being filled with the Holy Spirit was a continual process. They got filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. Then, just a few verses later, it says they were filled with the Holy Spirit again. We see that it is a continual process of being filled up. It’s like taking that arrowhead off and reworking it and sharpening it and putting it back on again. God will use you as an arrow over and over to try you out, to prove you.
Don’t feel like you are wasting your time or the things that you have done just haven’t worked out. No. He is proving you. He is shooting that arrow over and over again. And when you get a little dull, when you get a little worn out, when you get a little down, take the arrowhead off, sharpen it up, and get filled with the Holy Spirit again.
This series is based on a sermon by Terry Virgo.
Read More in the Arrow Series:
- Part One: God’s Refining Process
- Part Two: Cut from the Tree
- Part Three: Stripping the Leaves
- Part Four: Straightening the Branch
- Part Five: Affixing the Arrowhead
- Part Six: Adding Balance
- Part Seven: Questioning the Quiver