2 Samuel 22:21-23:23; Acts 2:1-47; Psalm 122:1-9; Proverbs 16:19-20
On the day of Pentecost God revved up His engine on earth. Using the 120 believers–including the 12 disciples–He sent His Heavenly spark plug–the promised Holy Spirit–to set the fledgling Church into motion.
“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty, rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:2-4
The engine roared with the sounds of many languages reaching the ears of the Jewish people from far and near.
The engine purred with the precision-like message of God’s redeeming work through His Son Jesus. Those who heard the message and took it to heart were moved.
The engine was working! The Spirit of God called into being 3,000 new believers that day. Through repentance and baptism the engine of believers increased in power.
God’s engine–the Church–continues to work to this very day. By the power of the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament–this Body of Christ is strengthened.
The H.S. spark plug continues to ignite hearts and minds and brings God’s Truth to the nations!
Lord God, we give you thanks and praise for the gift of the Holy Spirit which you’ve poured out in our hearts through the water and your Word. We acknowledge that on our own volition–apart from you–we cannot advance your Kingdom. We must rely on your spark plug–the Holy Spirit–to keep going, to live a faithful, God-pleasing life, to bear witness to You. Forgive us Lord, for the times we’ve neglected or rejected the Spirit’s leading in our lives–when we’ve relied on our own “power” rather than on you. Keep us ignited and connected to You, Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
“Peter replied, ‘Repent an be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38