The first Sunday after Epiphany gives us a ‘God’s eye-view’ of Jesus. We get a sense of the person and calling of Jesus from a divine perspective, and the message is clear: in Christ, God partners with us, and invites us to partner with God. In addition, God gives us the power we need, through God’s Spirit, to fulfill our calling to be co-workers with God.
The Holy Spirit has been given to all believers (Christ followers/disciples), and all believers also receive what we call the ‘gifts of the Spirit’. Just as Jesus was gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit for His mission, in the same way we are empowered and gifted by the Spirit for serving.