28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.
This great prophecy was fulfilled, at least in part, on the Day of Pentecost.
It is encouraging to see that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will affect all types, and all ages. Everyone can have meaningful work to do, ministries to fulfil, under the inspiration of God’s Spirit. The very notion of outpouring points to plenty, generosity and abundance. God gives over and above the level of our asking and expectation.
The Acts 2 version of this story was read out in our church recently, and we were encouraged to meditate on it, and think, ‘Is there a word or phrase that jumps out and catches my attention?’ For me, it was primarily this line:
”And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…’
Perhaps there is someone on your mind today for whom you want to pray this very thing – that they will call on Jesus’ Name for salvation?
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