As we near the celebration of Pentecost, there is another important event that at many times is overlooked, and a great reason that God chose this day to pour out His Spirit on His servants. This is the celebration of Shavuot.
Shavuot is the culmination of the time between Passover and when Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai. This is the culmination between the physical deliverance of God’s people and the delivering of His Law to the people, for the spiritual wellbeing of their souls. For if God only saved us physically we would still be lost spiritually.
But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 8:10
When the Holy Spirit came upon the Lord’s disciples, they were celebrating this solemn day of Shavuot. On that holy day, God showed up in the most powerful pouring out of His Spirit upon mankind in the whole of human history. To give power and courage to the weak and lowly. To become the very hands and feet of the Almighty God to save souls from hell.
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4
But what was the true meaning and purpose for all of this? It was to fill God’s servants with His boldness and power to walk in the Spirit of the Lord. To touch an uncountable number of souls for salvation through Jesus Christ. Turning them from death to life everlasting and from defeat to victory.
The very power of God to go out and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To love and heal the broken and sick. To preach Christ crucified who defeated sin and death. To call all to repentance, that their sins may be forgiven, and tell them that there is hope for eternal life through the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord.
And Jesus said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:46-49
You see God not only is concerned for your physical being but so much more your inward being. Your spiritual condition. He is so much more devoted to bringing you back to how He created you from the beginning. That you reflect His holy image. That you may do His holy will. That you may walk in the power of God, His Holy Spirit.
Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Are you walking in His power to do His will and in the gifts He has given you? If you are in the Lord Jesus Christ, He has given you the power to seek to save the lost for the Kingdom of Heaven.
For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11
You must seek it and wait for it. You must be devoted to Him completely. To be willing to abandon any and all things for the glory of the Lord. He is faithful to those who are faithful. He is devoted to those who are devoted to Him with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. Deuteronomy 6:4-6
People quote these verses all the time. But have you really taken this command to heart? Are you so devoted to Jesus that if He asked you to forsake all things for Him, would you do it? Would you give yourself over to the guidance and control of the Spirit?
Because that is exactly what He asks of His true and faithful servants.
His Spirit and His power are not for your benefit. Though it very much will benefit you. But it is to do the very work of God. To turn a life that Satan has vowed to destroy by any means possible and turn it into a soul saved for all eternity.
He gives His power to the weakest and lowest of mankind. He gives it to defeat and thwarts the well thought out plans of the evil one. He is calling out to all those who will repent and turn to Him, that they too may be filled.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.” Acts 2:38-39
What an amazing privilege! What an overwhelming opportunity and reward God has poured out on those who never deserved such things. But God is willing to do this for all who believe, trust, and obey. What amazing grace, what magnificent mercy the Lord holds out for His beloved children.
Oh, how Jesus loves you and me. Oh, how He loves all mankind. That He would intentionally give the very power of God to those who deserved nothing from Him. Yet, He desires to give you everything.
All because of His great love, mercy, and grace. All so you may go and make an eternal difference in the souls of the lost, hurting, broken, and abandoned. “The least of these.”