Do we think of ourselves as just ordinary, everyday Christians? And that while some people in the Bible have some pretty amazing spiritual experiences, that those experiences are probably not really for us? And maybe we think of the events of Pentecost a bit the same way?….
At the end of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus talks to His followers about the life they will live, doing all that He said, and being His witnesses in the world. But then He says that they must wait in Jerusalem until they are “clothed with power from on high” (Lk 24:49). By this, He means that they will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts 2.
That was a truly amazing event accompanied by miracles, but the same Holy Spirit, and the same power they received, must be received by every single, ordinary Christian. This is essential, to reveal the truth of Jesus Christ to us, give us faith, and to enable us to follow and witness to Him.
The power of the Holy Spirit poured out at Pentecost is the ordinary power that every one of us must have to live a Christian life. That may mean that we experience miracles, or we may not. But our lives, our world and our hope will be made absolutely new and eternal! The Holy Spirit has been poured out on us to do just that (Acts 2:17). Ask Him!
Grace and cheers, Jonathan.