Friday, May 29, 2009

Why Pentecost?

This Sunday is celebrated around the world Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means "fiftieth day" and is celebrated fifty days after Easter. Those are the basic facts.

I was with a farmer last week, and he took me on a walk through his field. He said he is praying for rain and he is worried that if it does not rain the young corn plants pushing through the dry sod will die. Since meeting with him I have prayed everyday that a steady, soaking rain would fall into the thirsty ground of his land and give life to the young plants. Today, it was beautiful to see the rain. I hope his field was soaked.

This is Pentecost. A steady outpouring of God's Spirit upon our dry, thirsty, listless, powerless lives. If God does not pour out his power upon our lives and our church, we will be barren.

Thank God, over two thousand years ago God poured out his Spirit upon all flesh so that the gospel might be joyfully shared with all people and nations, and that a great harvest of transformed lives be realized.

What does Pentecost mean in your life? What does this day mean for our church? We know it has something to do with the Holy Spirit; but how actively is the Spirit at work in our lives and in our church?

Make every effort to gather with other believers at First Pres this Sunday. Over the next few days before Sunday, join me in praying that God would be merciful and pour out his power and grace upon our feeble church in downtown New Castle.