The Beginning

The beginning of the Church can be marked by the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. I love the verse where it says:

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
We have to consider that what seems to be the beginning for the Greek or Non-Jewish people in relationship with God, was a turning point for the Jewish people along a quest they had been on for quite some time, which was having their promised land restored to them from foreign rule. They wanted their own king again; preferably one who wasn’t a Roman puppet. Jesus’ response to them was essentially, “Don’t worry about that right now. Do this work for me in the meantime…” The Holy Spirit came and empowered them to go about the work of spreading the gospel, and “being a witness to the world”.

We may have come into belief in Jesus hoping for a reprieve from the rigors of life, the impact of secular life, or a change around us, but the mission is: “Work towards My Goal, not your goal. I’ll empower you to that end.” Do we truly love what Jesus Christ is trying to accomplish through us MORE than what He’s doing for us? If so, will we totally submit to His mission?
God, we cannot thank you enough for intervening in our sinful lives. Without that, we’d still be oblivious to just how selfish, and caught up in the corruption and decay of life. Thank you for sending your Son to us to show us how you intended for us to live in community with one another, and to reflect you in our lives, so that the lost and dying world would see you and want you. May our lives reflect you continually, and we ask forgiveness for those times when things, once again, become soaked in our worry, or toil to save the decaying things of life. I pray we would listen for the Holy Spirit to guide and keep us focused on Your mission. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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