Do It Again, Lord!
Today is Pentecost Sunday.
Pentecost (Shavuot) is a Jewish agricultural festival (the wheat harvest) as well as a holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. On the day of Pentecost the year Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, His disciples were gathered together, waiting and praying for power as Jesus had instructed them just before He ascended into heaven.
On the day the Jews celebrate the giving of the Law, God poured out the fulfillment of the Law, His own Spirit, to give believers in Jesus the power to keep the Law!
This is what happened:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4 NIV)
Wind. Fire. Speaking in tongues. People hearing them declare the wonders of God in their own languages. An explanation and sermon by the Apostle Peter. Three thousand believe in Jesus.
And that was just the beginning. Read the Book of Acts and you will be gripped by the boldness of the followers of Jesus to proclaim Him as Messiah and Lord. These were mostly common folk. But they were filled with the Holy Spirit. God was working in them and through them, and miracles took place that they could not have done by themselves.
Question is: Are we stuck with "that was then and this is now"? Does God still do this? Can I know the indwelling Presence of the Living God in all His grace and love and power and glory?
Dare we pray to God Almighty, "Do it again, Lord!"?
Here is one thing I know about the indwelling presence of God's Holy Spirit: It's real. I have lived most of my adult life with the Presence of Jesus in my life, shaping my character and providing power to live in freedom and to make a difference in other lives.
Am I perfect? Not yet. God's sanctifying work is still taking place in my life. But there has been transformation. I'm not what I ought to be. I'm not what I want to be. But thank God, I'm not what I used to be!
And here is another thing I know about God's Holy Spirit: I desire more of Him. Even as I type that, I know the theology is wrong. No one gets more of the Holy Spirit. He is a Person, and we don't just get some of Him when we ask Jesus to live in our lives and forgive our sin. I don't need more of the Holy Spirit. He needs more of me.
So I desire more of the sweetness of His presence. I desire more of His transformation. I desire more of His power to live a life that honors my Savior. I desire more power in prayer and more miracles in people's lives.
My prayer is, "Do it again, Lord!" Pour out fire in the hearts of your people. Pour out the wind of your Spirit in us, and in me. Pour out love without measure. Pour out holiness that causes us to desire You above all else.
Do it again, Lord! Do it again!