ECCLESIOLOGICAL ETCHINGS May 28, 2023 In the beginning verses of Acts 2, we read:
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting...
Change is always right around the corner. All it takes is a good spiritual wind to blow through our lives, and suddenly we can find ourselves moving from the security of an upper room where we have sat in silence to the streets where we are proclaiming a radical message of love. If the disciples didn’t expect it, why should we? Yet I guarantee you that it will come—not just once, but again and again. It is hard, but some people can ignore it. Others can make excuses for why this isn’t the right time. And still others can make the whole experience into a nice creedal statement that sounds very righteous but requires nothing of the person who is actually reciting it. Next time you see the spiritual leaves being tossed around, make yourself ready for the spirit of God to push you out of the comfortable upper room and onto the streets. Take this as a simple warning: the spirit will blow through your life very soon!
Come, Holy Spirit, and drive me from my comfortable places and into those uncomfortable settings where transformative ministry is often found. Amen.