Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes–all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom.
If we function according to our ability alone, we often claim the glory; if we give ourselves over to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets all the glory. This is just a glimpse of the Pentecost life……
I’m always needing renewed Holy Spirit life. The oldest prayer is the greatest truth:- “Come Holy Spirit!” The beauty of Pentecost is that its Babel reversed, we’re invited to a pattern of obedience, prayer is central, unity gets forged in these unlikely discipleship, and through it all the disciples remain utterly open! They are courageously patient for ten days together in the unknown. Waiting & then receiving all that Jesus promised. Acts 1 & 2 are worth close attention!
I am really helped by what Michael Green says about Pentecost and these first disciples:-
”Unless we are in vibrant touch with the Holy Spirit, little of his character will be seen in us, and our impact will be negligible. I do not imagine the disciples waiting for the Holy Spirit before Pentecost knew quite what they were waiting for. They had seen one outstanding life which seemed to them full of the that great Spirit of God, the life of Jesus. They had his promise that the Spirit would be passed on to them. They did not fully know what that meant but they were open. They didn’t deny the possibility of some of the ways of the Spirit becoming real to them, while welcoming others.”
Romans 8 v 2 in The Message, captures it brilliantly. ”The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”
You can be forgiven! You can be healed. You can be found. You can have hope. You can be filled with the Spirit and be used to draw people closer to Him. That’s the radical optimism of Pentecost! They waited and prayed: those first disciples desired to be changed.
Today, on this Pentecost Sunday, I pray with joy and anticipation. You are actively making all things new! Bring life—your life, to our places of dryness and death. Restore to us the joy of your salvation, the hope of your resurrection, a passion for your glory.
Do you want Pentecost life afresh? Let us desire (again) to be changed…….