Text: Acts 2:1-4
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. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
I can’t wait for Pentecost! Of course Pentecost feels like a far off church holiday, but in reality we should live each and every day as if we have been touched by the Holy Spirit. However, it’s difficult to feel the Holy Spirit moving us when we are bogged down by old habits both personal and corporate (I am speaking of the church). It is hard to feel the Holy Spirit move us when we only talk to the same people each and every Sunday week in and week out. It is hard to feel the Holy Spirit move us when we root ourselves with the idea that “this is who we are,” so everyone else can find somewhere else to go and worship. It is hard to feel the Holy Spirit move us when we complacency lulls us into a false sense of our mission.
I can’t wait for Pentecost, because Pentecost is the once a year reminder that we as a church are meant to be different, act different, and welcome those who are different as well. It’s a reminder that God didn’t come to be with those who were affluent, poor, White, Black, or anything in between the socioeconomic, racial, or religious spectrums… God came to be with us… Us being the whole of humanity. And from time to time we forget that message, so it’s important, dare I necessary, that we be reminded how God continues to call us to action today. Hence, I think that the essence of Pentecost is a message that we need to hear every Sunday. Not just once a year in a celebration, but every Sunday in order to be rejuvenated and motivated to carry out the work that Christ has given us.
I can’t wait for Pentecost… Of course I just named a couple of reasons why I can’t wait for Pentecost, and this year Pentecost marks the start of my first sermon in a series on what it means for us to be a Spirit led and transformed church… So maybe it’s appropriate that we have this coming season of Lent and Easter to prepare for the coming gift of the Holy Spirit. May the time that we spend in the wilderness of our minds be a time of contemplation and reflection that prepares you for the work that needs to be done. The disciples might have talked at first when they received the gift of the Holy Spirit, but talking isn’t the only thing they did… They went out and traveled, did the hard work, did time in prison, and proclaimed the Word of God to all people from all different walks of life… Is the church up for that challenge? I hope so… I pray so… It’s only a matter of whether or not we will move from a time of reflection to action.