When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The book of Acts is a very exciting book as it recounts the rise of the first church. The church was birthed on a day which we now remember as Pentecost Sunday. Days after Jesus had ascended to Heaven and was seen to take His place on a throne at God’s right hand a small gathering of people found a place to pray.
What may surprise you is that these people felt the urgency to pray without really knowing what to pray. They met together because of the massive shift that happened to Jesus through His arrest, death and then resurrection. Then 40 days later Jesus was taken into heaven astounding everyone who witnessed this awesome event on that day.
The group of people were praying for ten days then Acts 2:1-4 happened. It was the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that shook the place they were in and filled everyone in the room with the Holy Spirit. Jesus told them that this would happen before He left them in Acts 1:8 by saying “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Our celebration and recognition is not to recreate the past from that event, but seek for the same power the Holy Spirit gives to us to be ministers in our time. The church was birthed through power and active in the same power to change the world. Nothing has changed today as God has a desire for His church to still fulfill the same.
Seek the Holy Spirit every day and be filled with power to enable you to be ministers of the gospel through the same signs and wonders we read about that happened in the first church. Nothing has changed with God as He promised that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Together we can do great things impacting our communities, however this success comes only when we surrender to doing it in God’s strength.