Imagine if our culture were such
that we could literally be open about
our worship, people sharing beliefs
day to day, heart to heart and unified.
And with that encouragement we
would gather to share meals together,
glad and generous hearts, each bringing
what we had to make up for others lack.
You’re laughing, right?
Or shaking your head, like...
Yeah sure… that’ll never happen.
And I totally get that.
Because I’m a skeptic sometimes too.
And it sounds nothing like
the world as we know it.
Which is why I was totally
blown away by what I read
when the disciples got hold of
a little bit of Holy Spirit power
after Jesus ascended to Heaven.
You see they were gathered together
in one place waiting, and following
the direction of Jesus, when suddenly...
there came a sound from heaven,
as of a rushing mighty wind, and
it filled the whole house
where they were sitting.
Then there appeared to them
divided tongues, as of fire, and
one sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with
the Holy Spirit and began
to speak with other tongues,
as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:2-4 NKJV
And many in the city marveled
and were amazed because
they heard their native language
being spoken by people
who had never before known it.
But others mocked them and
accused them of being drunk.
When Peter stood up, raised his voice,
defended those gathered, and
quoted the prophecy of Joel.
And it shall come to pass
in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
Acts 2:17, 21
And Peter continued in His boldness,
speaking of Jesus, the testimony
of His life, His miracles and finally
His death and resurrection.
This to be sure, Peter's first sermon,
which rose up in him unplanned.
Shouting to the crowd...
Therefore let all the house of Israel
know assuredly that God has made
this Jesus, whom you crucified,
both Lord and Christ.
Who’s NOT denying Christ now?
Surely no rooster had the nerve
to crow that day!
How I love that Peter rose
on that occasion, filled to the full
and ready to proclaim his
full testimony and love for Jesus.
Then those who gladly received his word
were baptized; and that day about
three thousand souls were added to them.
And they continued steadfastly
in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,
in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Then fear came upon every soul, and
many wonders and signs were done
through the apostles.
Now all who believed were together,
and had all things in common,
and sold their possessions and
goods, and divided them among all,
as anyone had need.
So... indeed there was a time,
when the world changed.
When skeptics who had mocked,
and shouted at those “religious ones,"
calling them drunks, were then
so moved, that the word of God
cut them to the heart and they repented.
So why do we think it impossible
if we are not also willing to be
as bold as Peter, proclaiming
all that Jesus and the Spirit
have to offer?
This truly challenges me.
This causes me to strain my faith.
If I want this world to change,
I will need to step it up and
step out to be more Peter-like...
challenging that rooster
to stay quiet another day.
Lord, let me not deny You
by staying quiet.
So continuing daily
with one accord in the temple, and
breaking bread from house to house,
they ate their food with gladness
and simplicity of heart, praising God
and having favor with all the people.
And the Lord added to the church daily
those who were being saved.
Word of God
train me today...
To pray for the boldness like Peter,
to speak willingly and open of my Lord.
To put aside my disbelief that those who
currently mock my faith can have hearts
which turn toward God and live in one accord.
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