I wonder what it would’ve been like to be present on the day of Pentecost? To be sitting in a house with other believers, figuring out what life would look like now that Jesus had ascended into heaven. To hear what sounded like a violent wind. To see fire splitting apart like tongues of fire and coming to rest on each person present. To be filled with the Holy Spirit. To be surrounded by believers speaking in languages they had never been taught. To be proclaiming the good news of Jesus to people in their own languages. To see 3000 people coming to faith in Jesus, repenting, and being baptized, all in one day. I wonder what all of that would’ve felt like?
As you imagined being present at Pentecost, what came to your mind? Feel free to pause and take your time re-reading the first paragraph or go into more depth by reading Acts 2:1-41.
For myself, I can’t help but think of some very exciting days in my own life with all the emotional energy and excitement that came with them. Experience has taught me, however, that I need ordinary days between these exciting times to come back down to earth, so to speak, and to process the big exciting moments of life. I need times of normalcy and times of rest. But what did the believers do after the exciting times at Pentecost? “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
As we transition into the summer season in the northern hemisphere, we too have an opportunity to process some of the excitement that has been going on in our lives – both the positive events and the more challenging circumstances. I want to encourage you to do so in community, as much as you are able.
We are hoping to host a variety of fellowship events over the coming months. I encourage you to join as you are able. I encourage you to come and share what you are learning as you follow Jesus and ask others the same. I encourage you to pray together and eat together. And when these things aren’t possible in person, I encourage you to find alternate ways to devote yourselves to the community of believers so that, together, through the ordinary, we might all be encouraged to walk closer to Jesus
and enjoy praising God together.
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