Monday, May 28, 2007

The Meaning of Pentecost

We recently celebrated Pentecost. What is the meaning of that special day?

It commemorates the coming of the promised Holy Spirit to the disciples on a permanent basis (see Acts 2 and John 14). God’s Spirit is now always with us, and guides us, empowers us, gives us comfort, provides joy, and helps us in our spiritual walk. The Holy Spirit guides and empowers us both individually and as a body of believers called the church. The Holy Spirit empowers the church to be God’s agent of change in the world, a counter-cultural entity battling the forces of evil.

As the Spirit of God flows into us, it also ought to flow from us in the way we treat one another; in the way we speak to one another; in the way we treat others in our community; and in the way we live out the new life we receive when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. With the Spirit’s help, we can be effective in pointing the unchurched to Christ and doing other works as the Spirit directs us.

The Holy Spirit is with us continuously to melt us, mold us, fill us, and use us. Let’s not ignore him, let’s obey him in doing God’s work as we are called.

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