Plop plop, fizz fizz… Can you finish that sentence? I would be surprised if more than a few of you cannot. Speedy, the little animated character with a tablet for a hat, sang that jingle to us over-and-over again on TV in the 1960’s. Maybe I am just a bit more nostalgic these days now that I’ve reached 60 myself, but I could not help but think of that classic commercial as I prepared for this week’s study.
I am likely one of the few who likes the taste of the effervescent concoction, but that is not my point. Who among us has not ripped open one of the packets and dropped the tablet into a cup of water at some point in our life? It was a staple in our home growing up and I cannot count the number of times I or a family member used it. It is powerful stuff, when used as directed.
But I will never forget one time when it failed to achieve the objective. I needed it so badly, but it gave me no relief. I was fighting a bad case of indigestion, probably because of the large pepperoni pizza I had eaten the night before, and I had barely slept all night. In a bleary-eyed stupor, I finally wandered into the restroom in the middle of the night and found the box on a shelf in the dark. It was still early, and I did not want to wake anyone, so I tried to navigate without turning on the lights.
I fumbled around on the countertop until I found the glass cup that was always there. Quietly, I filled it with water and dropped in the tablets. After waiting about thirty seconds, I tipped the cup up and started drinking. I was eager for the bubbly relief that would soon follow.
The first sign of a problem should have been the lack of bursting bubbles that usually tickled my nose. But I forged ahead and drank the water the cup. Much to my surprise, it was flat and smelled and tasted a bit like dust. It lacked the usual bitter aspirin taste. Then it hit me, or should I say that it poked me. In the darkness, I had dropped the unopened packet into the water in my haste. No wonder the bubbles were missing. Feeling the fool, I dump out the water and started over again.
Why do I tell you this story? Because too many Christians go through life without ever opening the package. We have the awesome, incredible, limitless power of the Holy Spirit inside of us. But we nullify His impact in our lives by keeping Him all packaged up. Once released, His presence is powerful and transformative. However, for too many Christians, the effervescent power of the Holy Spirit is quelled like an unopen packet of Alka-Seltzer in still water. Now, you have probably never heard it said likely that before. But I’m sure you get my point all the same.
We will be talking about that inexhaustible source of power in our study this week as we launch a new series called INpowered Discipleship. A sequel to our study of Luke, we will be taking a deep dive into the Book of Acts, or the Acts of the Apostles as it is also known. It promises to be power-packed, energizing and illuminating study and I hope you can join us.
If you cannot be with us in person, feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File. You can also find the video of this session on our YouTube channel soon after the meeting concludes. And lastly, you could follow this link to download other studies in this series: INpowered Discipleship if you happened to miss one of our prior studies.
Yours in Christ,
The Gospels Class
Brentwood Baptist Church