Waiting for Pentecost

Tonight we mark the annual waiting for the Christian holy day of Pentecost which will be celebrated tomorrow.  (As I write from Northern California it is still Saturday, May 22, 2010 and the time is 10:55pm)

Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus gave the disciples their life’s mission: to let God reveal Himself through them to others, so that they might come to have faith in Him, submit their lives to Him (acknowledge Him as Savior and Lord) and thereby enter into eternal life.  They were to go out and make disciples of Jesus Christ of ALL nations (worldwide) in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

However, Jesus cautioned them not to leave Jerusalem until they had received power from on high – the promise of the Father, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  In other words, He had indeed given them a job to do, but they would not be able to accomplish it by their own power, but only by His at work in and through them.  Without the Holy Spirit the Great Commission would prove an impossible assignment.

God is unchanging.  He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  If the disciples of Jesus had to wait until they were endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit, then we must expect it is the same for us.  We have the same assignment as the apostles.  Within every generation each individual needs the opportunity to choose a life with Jesus as Savior and Lord (thereby accepting and receiving His gift of eternal life) or not.  He tells us that once we come to know Him and seek to follow Him, we become His ambassadors on earth, the representation of who He is and how He works to those around us.  Beyond coming to faith in Him, this is our life purpose.

We need the Holy Spirit just as much as the apostles.  We need His Wisdom, His whisper to us, His counsel, His friendship, His power, etc.  We are the vessels.  He is the Living Water which flows down from the heavenly throne through us to touch the world.

If we are trying to run our lives for God on our own power by our own plan, perhaps its a good time to stop, pause, pray and rejoice, waiting for more of Him just as the first disciples did.  Jesus’ disciples did not know the Holy Spirit would come on the Jewish feast of Pentecost. They simply prayed and rejoiced until He came. 

Let us enter into an attitude of seeking more of Him ~ waiting, praying, rejoicing in anticipation of what it will be like when more of His Presence invades our circumstances and the earth. 

May God receive all the glory (the credit He is due) in all things.  May we continually seek more of Him, that we might be effective ambassadors by the power and direction of His Spirit for the eternal good in the lives of many around us.  Not because we can, but because He does.

We are waiting for more of Him, confident He will come. 

We need You, Holy Spirit! 

What a perfect day to begin a blog which will focus in great part on gaining greater understanding of God’s way versus the way of the world.  For God’s ways are higher and better than those of the world.  The better we understand, the better we can walk out what He has planned for us with awe, wonder and great rejoicing. 

God, pour Yourself out onto us and through us.  Use us for Your Kingdom glory.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

Pentecost Vigil 05/22/10  by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2010  www.holyspiritpress.org

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

One thought on “Waiting for Pentecost”

  1. What a great insight of the need to pray before acting. I don’t think I ever really thought about it that way. Thanks so much. Love you, Mom

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