Daily Devotion on Acts 2:1-21
Devotion Text: Acts 2:1-21
The story of the first Pentecost is a marvelous story that so many Christians misunderstand.
It is natural for us to focus on the special miracles God poured out to his church on that day; to contemplate on the great lengths God used to grow and protect the infant Christian church. But, in doing so, we often miss the forest while we look at the trees.
The story of Pentecost is not the fire, the speaking in different languages or the sound of wind from heaven. The story of Pentecost is the marvelous power God gives to his Word to change hearts and minds. It is the transfer of power–from Christ walking this earth as he preached the Gospel to sending the Holy Spirit to his disciples to empower them to do the same. The story of Pentecost is the fulfillment of a promise Christ made when he said, “Go and make disciples…and surely I will be with you always.”
Pentecost leaves us with a lot of questions. Does God give those gifts of faith to his church today? If not, why not? How exactly did the speaking in different languages work? Is this the same speaking in tongues that Paul references in his letters? What exactly is Peter talking bout in his sermon? Is it just about the last day or is it the end times in general? (Including right now!)
With all the questions that the account of Pentecost leaves us with, it also leaves us with one very important answer–“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
That is the wonderful comfort to a world searching for it and a church commissioned to lead others to Christ. It is both the motto and the mission statement of the early Christian church and will be relevant to God’s church until he comes again to take us home to be with him. Until then, he will continually use and empower his people to grow his church with that life saving message.
Prayer: Christ Jesus, Lord of the Church, give your people the strength of Pentecost to preach your lifesaving message to all people of every walk of life. Protect your church until it is time for you to take us home. Comfort us with the power of your love and motivate us to share that message with others. Amen.
Posted on May 24, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Acts, Acts 2, Church, Conversion, Daily Devotions, Holy Spirit, Pentecost, Peter, Salvation, School, Work of the Holy Spirit. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.