Acts 2: 22-35
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we have perused the 2nd Chapter of Acts where the power of the promised Holy Spirit came down upon Christ’s disciples and thus the church was born. We see Christ’s promise fulfilled and the Spirit’s power used in signs, wonders, and miracles for God’s glory and our ultimate best. So what’s next on the agenda for “the Way” as these early Christians were known? They were kind, for the most part, loving, giving people who chose to live like Jesus did. They often lived in a community and helped each other as the need presented itself. They pooled their money and shared their possessions. They were known by love. It was through the power of the Spirit that they could live these changed lives. The people of the day could see their lives as a witness. Yes, they also gave a spoken testimony, but their very lives themselves were a living testimony of a life changed by God and God alone!
It’s our turn to take a look at these two scripture passages. Do others around us see and hear the Holy Spirit working through our lives or do we blend in with the world? We are called to live in the world, serve in this world, but not become part of this world. We are to be ‘set apart’ for his use. Are we living life so that our credos and morals are compromised from where we believe they should be or are we living to please an audience of One…The Ultimate Boss…Our Perfect Father?
The one takeaway this week is this: Let the Spirit’s light shine before ALL men. It may be through signs, wonders, and miracles, as in the days of the early church. However, it could be through simple, everyday tasks, actions, and interactions with family, friends, co-workers, church members and strangers. A smile to a lonely senior, a gift of food to a homeless man, a picnic with your children…giving of ourselves like Christ did, shows God’s unconditional love to a world in need! It doesn’t always have to be something supernatural, or huge, or miraculous. What better legacy to leave, than one of love, mercy, kindness, and graciousness. May that legacy of love reveal the way to Jesus who can lead them safely home.
Papa, so often I fall into the trap of blending into the world, I fear that I hide the light of your Holy Spirit inside me. I am so sorry for those times that I fail you. Thank you, Papa, that my right relationship with you is not performance-based, but rather, atonement-based. Jesus, your son, has already paid for this sin so that I can just come running into your presence and say, “I’m sorry, Papa”, and it’s already been taken care of, just like I’ve never sinned at all! So, here I sit before you, asking you to bless everyone reading this today. Touch each of them in a mighty way and please let them know that you love them very much! Help the Spirit’s light to shine through each one of them in big ways or in small, it matters not at all…In Jesus Precious Name, Amen!