Although, after His Resurrection, Jesus breathed His life into the disciples saying “Receive Ye the Holy Ghost” (Matt 20:28), He later commanded them to wait in Jerusalem until they received power to be His witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the (then known) world. (Acts 1:8)
As they waited in obedience in that Upper Room, praying and praising God, on the day of Pentecost there was a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s power and love. Even as we read about it, our hearts, surrendered to Christ and His obedience, fill with joy at the thought of the coming of the Holy Spirit. That day in that upper room, they were incredibly transformed from a small fearful group of 120 disciples into a dynamic community who openly began to spread the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus, soon becoming known for their love and care freely given as freely as they received it from the Holy Spirit. (Matt 10:8).
As the Apostles dedicated their lives “continually to prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4), the word of God spread and the number of disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem and beyond; 3000 were saved the first day after Peter preached his first sermon after being baptized in the Holy Spirit, and believers were added daily to the Church (Acts 2:47).
Throughout the book of Acts we see the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the believers, empowering them and using them in the expansion of the Church as they moved out in obedience to His leading. It was as they lived in complete surrender to the will of God that they boldly spoke the gospel with signs and wonders following, although it meant risking imprisonment, persecution and even death.
The Holy Spirit is still active as He was in the days of the early church. When His ability and our availability combine, we can also move out in faith and power and turn our world upside down for Jesus. Are you ready to see a new vibrant on fire Church rise from the ashes of complacency?
Look at the pews around you. What would it be like to have 3000 new members join us at one time and then others added as they came to Jesus. The first Pentecost began in the Upper Room. Can we pray that we will see another Pentecost in our midst bringing with it an influx of members to fill the empty pews and beyond. God did it once, He can do it again. Let’s pray and believe Him for it.
Prayer: Ever living God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope.