“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.”
– Acts 2:1,4-6
Last week we learned that the temple, which was the center of Jewish life, was traditionally called “the house.” Since it was known by that name, it’s probable that a few of the most prominent events in the early church took place there, including Pentecost. While many of us have learned that this world-changing invasion of the Holy Spirit happened in the upper room of someone’s home, numerous scholars agree that it actually unfolded at “the house” or temple. Consequently, there were likely thousands of people gathered there who had come to worship; this is why so many heard and were witness to the coming of the Spirit on that day. “The house” was an international tourist destination for Jews, and those fortunate enough to be gathered there at Pentecost became the first witnesses to the life-changing truth that God’s Spirit had come to make His home in men and women!
My friend, all of God’s power is available and accessible to you today, just like it was back then. In fact, as a believer who has been baptized into Jesus Christ, you are His House and His temple resides in you. When you rest in His love and abide in His presence, He fills your soul with His nature and your faith grows. As your capacity to expect His goodness increases, He will meet you with more of His miracle-working power, and the lives of those watching will be changed! You are plugged into the current of the Almighty King of the Universe, and when you flip the switch, there is no telling what His Spirit will do in and through your faith!
Jesus, I pray for more of your power to fill my life as I grow in the knowledge of your love and character.
Do you expect the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through you?