“Dependence” on the Holy Spirit, the topic of this week’s LifeWay lesson from Zechariah 4, is often talked about, but in practical terms, how do we about doing that?
I’m sure you’ve seen an illustration of dependence, or trust, using a chair. Intellectually we believe a chair will support us, but we don’t demonstrate dependence until we sit down in it. We believe in the Holy Spirit, but we don’t demonstrate trust in the Spirit until we learn to rely on Him.
Zerubbabel was admonished by Zechariah to depend on the pneuma, or Holy Spirit to rebuild the temple. Instead of using a self-powered tool, such as a lug wrench, Mike Barres suggests we use a pneumatic tool to illustrate reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit. Using such a pneumatic tool, even the slightest among us would be able to remove lug nuts from a wheel. As Christians, we should be "pneuma powered".