Acts 2:1-13: The great need of the church.
As much as I don’t like to admit it, Christmas is all but over for another year. We seem to spend weeks, if not months, preparing for it, then it’s all over in a big bang. As we now prepare for new year, today’s reading reminds us of what is always the great need of the church: to be perpetually renewed in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Speaking on this passage, David Pawson made the point that when a house is on fire you have no publicity problems. People come to see for themselves what is going on. It’s the same when the church is ‘on fire’.
David Watson observed that Pentecost began not with preaching, but with praise (11).He added that a praising church preaches to answer questions raised by its praise (12, 13). Of course, there will always be people who just don’t ‘get it’ when the Holy Spirit is powerfully at work; and there will be others who poke fun. Sadly, some of them will be ‘insiders’.
Both David’s were correct in what they said. Their points are complementary. Something happened to the church at Pentecost, but it affected the world, and, as we will see, large numbers were converted.
That Christmas tree, looking so dull and unimpressive in the corner of the room, suddenly burst into life once it is illuminated. It looks like a different tree. It is so attractive; you can’t take your eyes off it. It can be that way with the church.
Revive us, Lord, again.
PRAYER: ‘’Revive thy work O Lord, create soul thirst for thee. And hung’ring for the Bread of life, O may our spirits be.