On the day that the Church was born, Peter shares with us in Acts chapter two the account of the events that transpired that day. Verse one tells us that when the Day of Pentecost came, they were all gathered together in one place, the Upper Room. In previous reading we find that there was a group of 120 gathered there that day. Suddenly, there came a sound like the blowing of a violent wind from heaven that filled the entire room. They saw what appeared to be like tongues of fire and it came to rest upon every one of them. And all of them were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as they were enabled by the Spirit.
We live in a society which has become extremely self-focused. The mantra is rapidly becoming prominent that the only person that matters is “Número Uno”! Social media has actually helped to degrade our personal interaction. It is easy to slip into a mode of selfishness where we lose sight of what we can do to help and minister to others. We see this in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Those who were expected to help made excuses as to why they could not or would not help the injured man. Yet the one who was notorious for their unwillingness to express love to their fellow man, was the one who stopped and sacrificed to help him.
Imagine if those 120 that morning had embraced this mindset! What if they had stayed within the four walls of the Upper Room to just bask in this wonderful experience that had just taken place? What if they would have chosen to just take the attitude that, “I am worthy of this blessing since God chose to pour it out on me and not someone else?”
But what we quickly see is that these 120 newly-filled with the Holy Ghost, quickly moved forward to emulate the Great Commission. They went out into their world, and began to share their experience and what had just happened to them! They entered that room as fearful followers of a leader who was no longer with them. They left that room as emboldened and empowered soldiers ready to share the Gospel of a risen Savior with the entire world! And they began at Jerusalem, just as Jesus had told them they would do before He ascended to Heaven.
So they leave the safe confines of the Upper Room and go out to begin their ministry and the results are astounding…they experienced a 3,000 soul revival that first day!
It is imperative that we mobilize and empower the Church in this day to not keep our experience confined to ourselves, but to get it out into the world in which we live. We are the Body, and God will use His Body to reach the world!
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