Today is Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is also referred to as “Whitsunday”. It could also be called the birthday of the Church as it commemorates the coming of the promised Holy Spirit of Jesus as noted in Chapter 2 of the Acts of the Apostles.
In Acts, the apostles went out into Jerusalem prophesying and speaking in languages that all the visitors to Jerusalem could understand (“God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven… each one heard them speaking in his own language.”
Pentecost was also a transformative day in the life of the early church. A group of frightened, fledgling people—the disciples, became a powerful and influential group—the Apostles. The power of the Holy Spirit filled them and they were enabled to continue the work of Christ.
In a helpful book called Discipleship, author David Watson reflects on the influence and power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Apostles. He writes: “When the Spirit came upon them at Pentecost, nothing could stop them. Despite threats imprisonments, beatings, and killings, their enraged opponents had to acknowledge that these ordinary men and women had turned the world upside down…Devoid of human resources, they were totally dependent on the Spirit of God.” Watson, Discipleship, pp. 96.
Watson challenges us to call upon the Holy Spirit to empower us—and that we do not do this as often as we should. We, as the people of God must pray more fervently that the Holy Spirit of God would empower us and encourage us in our faith, in our work and every aspect our life together. We are encouraged to walk with God in the Power of His Spirit rather than fumble along on our own.
In the Power of the Spirit,