Summary: This powerful message will help you to understand why you need the Holy Spirit and how to receive the Holy Spirit!
“The Missing Element”
A missing element can make a world of difference. When something crucial is missing it can have devastating effects. If you don’t believe that ask:
a. A Chemist
b. Your mother when she is trying to make bread and discovers that the recipe calls for yeast and she has none. The missing element can be crucial.
c. The mechanic that is working on your car and discovers that the last big bump you hit caused a part to fall off of your car. The missing element can cause you to have problems.
d. The person who has worked for hours on the jig saw puzzle only to discover that the last piece is missing.
e. The person who is trying to start the computer program only to find that there is a file missing.
f. Or ask a student on test day when there is a 25 point question and you don’t have the answer.
The missing element can make a huge difference in your life. And with this thought in mind I would like to suggest to you that we have a missing element. There is something that has been lost. Is it:
a. Worship – No we have not have perfected it or gone as far with it as we should, but we have more training, more exposure to tapes, and more music than you can shake a stick at. Every contemporary music singer seems to be offering worship albums. We are not short on worship.
b. Prayer – No, although we could stand to kneel longer we have had more teaching and preaching on prayer than perhaps any other generation.
c. Programs – No, most churches have more programs, committees, organizational skills than we have ever seen before.
But it is evident that there is a missing element. It is evident when you discover that less than 33% of teenagers shared their faith with another person in the last 12 months, and half of all the youth ministries in America did not win one new convert to Christ last year. It becomes apparent that we are missing something when you understand that there is no difference in the way that Christian teens live their lives compared to those who are not Christians.
Ever watched a porno movie? 32% 41%
Cheated on a test or exam? 29% 27%
Had sexual intercourse? 23% 29%
Used an illegal drug? 4% 11%
Tried to commit suicide? 3% 7%
Stolen money or material thing? 6% 7%
Among Christian teens 45% of those surveyed contend that sometimes lying is necessary.
Something is missing. However, we are not the first to miss this crucial ingredient in our Christian life. After Jesus’ crucifixion the disciples are quite, reserved, scared, in hiding, and hampered by a survival mentality. They were missing something. But suddenly they become a revolutionary force that changes the world! If we are going to impact our world and our generation it is imperative that we discover and secure this missing element in our life.
IV. The Missing Element
The missing element in most of our lives is the Holy Spirit. Paul came into contact with some Christians and immediately addressed their deficiency. He was in their face about their need of this element in their life.