Pentecost Means Go

Pastor Stan’s Musing

“Pentecost Means Go!”

May 10, 2020

Acts 17:27-29 Tree of Life Version 27 They were to search for Him, and perhaps grope around for Him and find Him. Yet He is not far from each one of us, 28 for ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His offspring.’ 29 Since we are His offspring, we ought not to suppose the Deity is like gold or silver or stone, an engraved image of human art and imagination.

In our Scripture passage, Paul is witnessing to Athenians concerning Jesus the Messiah whom he preaches. He understands hunger for knowledge overwhelms them. They constructed images to false gods and one to the unknown god. Our society is just like the Athenians! We construct gods in our lives to various things such as; Christian television, specific ministries, our preacher, our car or home, our money in the bank, food, and the list goes on.

Christian missionary history contains many stories of people called to foreign lands. In the early days of Azusa Street, folks mourned for the ‘heathen’ in foreign lands. The late Dr. Vinson Synan wrote an article, ‘One Way Ticket,’ about these missionaries. Picture this? A Gaston County native called to India, China, or Africa with no missionary training, no financial support or language skills, only a burning desire to preach Jesus. Why? These folks saw eternity in the eyes and hearts of the lost. Do we see eternity in the eyes of our neighbors? How many folks on your street go to church on Sunday? If you invite neighbors for a meal, do you pray or silently bow your head? Our neighbors have eternity in their hearts, yet where will it be spent?

Please remember the “Go” for missionary work begins at home and community! 1 John 2:27-29 The Voice reads,”27 You have an anointing. You received it from Him, and His anointing remains on you. You do not need any other teacher. But as His anointing instructs you in all the essentials (all the truth uncontaminated by darkness and lies), it teaches you this: “Remain connected to Him.” 28 So now, my little children, live in Him, so that whenever He is revealed, we will have confidence and not have to hang our heads in shame before Him when He comes. 29 If you know that He is just and faithful, then you also know that everyone who lives faithfully and acts justly has been born into a new life through Him.” This exhortation of John the Beloved calls us to witness to the lost. Jesus gives the confidence to share His life to the lost. Go! Pastor Stan