“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” [Acts 2:1-4]
During Jesus’ ministry, He told His disciples that He was going to leave so that the Spirit of God would come upon them. After He died and resurrected, He spent time with His disciples, instructing them to wait until the gift of the Holy Spirit was given, and then He ascended into Heaven. These verses mark when that gift was given and the trajectory of the people of God was forever changed.
Think about it….
Think about how intimately the disciples got to interact with God. Their experience of God up to this point was literally walking with Jesus. While Jesus was on Earth, they experienced God among them; but now, they experience God within them. Instead of being confined to whatever space Jesus was at in any given moment, they had the fullness of God wherever they went. That is just wild. Let it sink in. There couldn’t be a relationship more intimate or close. They never have to be apart from God. And the truth is neither do you.
As the book of Acts unfolds, we see the results of the Spirit of God living within the people of God. It looks like restoration and wholeness and abundance. It looks like freedom and miracles and purpose. As we look in Acts at the testimonies of what happened in the early church, I pray we each are brought to a new place of awe and wonder at how crazy it is that we get to have this type of relationship with God. This is the purpose of the cross: to closely and personally connect with God. I challenge each of you to ask God what does it mean that He has filled us with His Spirit.
Thank you for the gift of giving me your Spirit. I pray you increase my awe and wonder of you. I pray you reveal to me more than ever before what it means that you’ve filled me with your Spirit.