Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tonguesa]”>[a] as the Spirit enabled them (NIV/italicised for emphasis).
Enable. When you think of the word “enable”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?Having a history of co-dependency myself, it comes with a negative connotation for certain. Vocabulary.com/dictionary describes the word “enable” as taking on the meaning of allowing or even helping someone continue to do something they really shouldn’t. However, that is not the original meaning or intent of the word at all. And, before we can discuss today’s scripture reference or elaborate on its possible application for our lives, moving forward, we must take a look at what the Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary has to say about the word:
Enable-a transitive verb
- to provide with the means or opportunity
- to make possible, practical, or easy
- to cause to operate
- to give legal power, capacity, or sanction to
So, in our Scripture reference today, I believe we are looking at the meaning of “enable” as listed in the third bullet point: to cause to operate. In verse four, we see that the Holy Spirit is THE power source that causes the disciples to use their gifts, which, in this particular scenario, is speaking in tongues.
Though the entire scripture passage is God-breathed, let us focus today on four main points:
- Jesus’ disciples were anticipating the arrival of the Holy Spirit.
- The disciples were all together and waiting for the Holy Spirit to come in one house, most likely the same upper room where the last supper was held, according to many Bible scholars and church historians.
- The Holy Spirit came, as promised.
- The Holy Spirit enabled them to speak in other tongues.
In conclusion, I would like to give us some food for thought, as I so often do. First and foremost, what enables us? Is it that Resurrection power of Christ through the Holy Spirit? That’s the same power that raised Christ from the dead that resides in us! Or is it someone or something else; A spouse, a child or a parent, maybe? Do they enable us to be less than Christ has called us to be through their approval, or rather disapproval, of us? Are you waiting for an answer to prayer or for a seemingly delayed promise from God? Are you waiting with hope and anticipation or have you given up? Don’t give up on God. He is true to his word. He loves you and will meet you at your point of need. And that’s a promise!
Papa, We often get lost in the busyness of our days. We forget to remember your promises to us if that makes any sense to you. So, we don’t anticipate you coming to our aid or answering our prayers and, for that, we are sorry. Restore us, Papa. Fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled by your power from on high. We want to do more for you than we could ever ask or think, In Jesus, we ask this. And thank you for hearing our every prayer, Papa.