“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
If you didn’t know, and maybe you didn’t, I like to follow along with the Church calendar, so that means that I like to observe different feast days in the year other than just Christmas and Easter. There is also Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, the Season of Easter, Ordinary Time, Pentecost, Christ the King Sunday, Advent, and a few others. Each of these feasts and seasons tell us a part of the story of our faith, each of them help us to focus on a different aspect that might not get the attention that it deserves if we were going to simply follow along with our own preferences, and on the whole, they make for a more rounded faith and experience of the year.
Today is the feast of Pentecost. This is the Sunday that is 50 days after Easter Sunday, and as you may have guessed, it is the day that we remember the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the Church preparing the body of Christ for its mission to spread the Good News and to be witnesses to the coming of His Kingdom in the world. It is, in one sense, the birthday of the Church. It is on this day that Christ called His own people out from among the world, and set them to task.
This is the day that we received the promised Holy Spirit, that the downpayment of our future inheritance was delivered. This marked the beginning of the age of the Church, and the breaking in of the Kingdom in the world, the start of things being put to rights. To me, this is such an exciting time to be alive! To be a part of what God is doing, to be able to, through the indwelling and partnership of the Holy Spirit, partner with Him in His work in the world, it’s a wonderful thought. What a great responsibility we have! We have been entrusted to partake in the work of restoration and healing around the world! What a big task, and it may seem impossible to us, I can only imagine what it must have been like for those 120 faithful believers who were in the upper room that day, praying for help. To be witnesses to Jesus throughout the world! But imagine how they must have felt at the end of that day! Peter steps forward and speaks to the crowds, and 3000 people are added to the Church! What a beginning! Imagine if they kept that pace up! It would have only taken 274 years to convert the whole of the estimated 300 million people who lived on the earth at that time!
We are heirs to that legacy, and to that call. We are to be witnesses wherever we go. We are called to show forth the power for change, the transformation of the earth, and the systems that we inhabit in conjunction with the power of the Holy Spirit. So, my encouragement to you today is to look around you. Open your eyes to what is going on in your world right now, the circles that you walk in. How can you disrupt them in the name of the King? How can you SHOW forth, not just talk it, but WALK the transformation that Jesus promises in the Gospel. How can you BE good news to those around you? Do it in the power of the Holy Spirit!