As I was reading through Acts, I found something that stood out to me more this time. It's found in Acts 2 and no, it's not the part where the Holy Spirit is poured out in the upper room. (Acts 2:1-4)
I think that Acts can be summed up by one verse...
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
This verse really speaks truth to what Acts is all about. It is all about the Holy Spirit and the way the people are used because of their obedience to the Holy Spirit.
Today, we hear a lot about the Holy Spirit. The term is thrown around like crazy, especially in evangelical circles. I find that when Christians talk about the Holy Spirit, they are mostly talking about the way the Spirit moves in a church service. This is probably because this is when it is most prominent or easy to recognize. It is also a reference and testament to the experience in the upper room found in Acts 2.
But as I continued reading, I came to verses 42-47. These verses talk about the fellowship of believers and the things that they did after the day of Pentecost.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
The work of the Holy Spirit does not just take place in a church service. The work of the Holy Spirit is not just speaking in tongues. (Acts 2:4, Acts19:6, Mark 16:17, 1 Cor. 14:2) The work of the Holy Spirit is not only found in pastors.
The work of the Holy Spirit is a daily surrender to our selfish desires.
The people mentioned in verses 42-47, gathered together, they prayed, they gave to the needy, they were hospitable, and they gave glory to God. And because of their faithfulness, people were added to the Kingdom of God. This is the daily work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives within us and causes us to act according to God's word.
Holy Spirit allows us to change our ways. Holy Spirit moves us to move others. Holy Spirit imprints on our hearts to stand in the gap for the lost. Holy Spirit give us POWER... the same power that Jesus had... the kind of power that move mountains, raises the dead, and cares for the hurt.
You see, it's not just about feelings. It's not just about goose bumps or tears. It's not just about a moment in church. It's about change. It's about passion. It's about being witnesses to every part of this world.
So, I don't know what your impression of Holy Spirit is. Maybe you're skeptical. Maybe you thought it was only for certain people. Or maybe you already knew everything I just said. Wherever you are and whatever you believe... Forget it. For this moment, just forget it.
Forget what YOU believe or what OTHERS have told you to believe and ask the Holy Spirit to be revealed in the true manner. The manner where Jesus becomes greater and we become less. The manner where Jesus is revealed through our lives.
Simply say "Holy Spirit, You are welcome here."
Here doesn't mean the atmosphere of the room we are in, but it is the atmosphere of our hearts.
I believe if we as Christians want change to happen, then it has to start within our own hearts. Before we can help change others, it has to start with me and you.
And so I say, "Holy Spirit, You are welcome here".