“When Pentecost Day arrived they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from Heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire place. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in tongues.” (Acts 2:1-4)
This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, the most wonderful time in the history of the Christian faith. The Holy Spirit fell fresh on the lives of believers, and the people were filled with the passion and fire of the Holy Spirit.
There was so much joy, and people came from every nation. It was amazing — the people were glorifying God and speaking in tongues, yet able to understand each other. All different voices and languages and all with one accord.
All this happened when God saw fit to pour out the spirit of the Lord.
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Let us be receptive to the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit. Our life could be so fulfilled.
Only too often we try to run our lives by ourselves and we get in such a state, but if we would give our lives to the Lord and be open to the Holy Spirit, our lives would be transformed.
What is it that unifies people? Is it a common language or is it the language of faith and belief?
There were many divisions of the early church about their spiritual belief and practice. Paul speaks about spiritual gifts in Corinthians. He talks about conflicts of faith and the divisions amongst the people then.
What about us now? Are we still divided?
We need to be faithful hosts of the Holy Spirit and all be part of the body of Christ.
There is so much work to be done. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of unity and gives us the realization of all the things that we have in common through the language of faith and belief.
This language recognizes that one has the right to be different but ultimately unifies people into the one body of believers through the blessings of the Holy Spirit.
This wonderful Holy Spirit gave birth to the church and is the power of Pentecost. It is redeeming and sanctifying.
I pray that you will be receptive to the Holy Spirit this Pentecost, and I pray that you will be filled with this spirit now and always.
Valerie Delooze is the pastor in the Madisonburg and Rebersburg United Methodist Churches.