Fire | Pentecost 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Acts 2: 1-4 (NIV)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 3:1-12 (NIV)
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
Pentecost was a turning point for the disciples. It was a gift the disciples got for asking and believing that what Jesus said was true (John 14:15-17.) It was about to get a whole lot of weird (holy) and a whole lot of exciting (book of Acts) from then on. To be holy is to be 'different-than'. God is holy and when we surrender our lives to Jesus his holiness becomes our holiness too. So, we are by our new nature holy. Not in the sense of 'better-than' others, just just 'different-than' others because we were bought with a price and set-apart for God's service. But after conversion, there's more...
Moving in the power of the Holy Spirit is very different than what is 'normal' in the world. Why? Because the things of the Spirit are spiritually understood (1 Cor. 2:14,) so a world without the Spirit is unable to understand them.
So many of us spend so much time trying to explain God’s weirdness (holiness) away that we make him seem normal. By definition, God is weird if weird is something that is not normal. Here's something to remember: The opposite of holy is not unholy. The opposite of holy is common. After the filling of the Holy Spirit the disciples were no longer engaging the world they lived in and were called to reach in common and normal ways.
The filling of the Spirit is available to us today. At conversion, we are marked and sealed but after conversion, there's more... (To be Continued)
Jesus, thank you for your promised Holy Spirit. Fill me. I want to engage the world in ways that are different-than the norm. I want to move in the power of Your Spirit and love others the way you love them. In Jesus' name.
Conclude with silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)