Traveling towards Pentecost Sunday

Pastor Stan’s Musing

“Traveling towards Pentecost Sunday”

May 3, 2020

Acts 1:7 & 8 The Voice The Father, on His own authority, has determined the ages and epochs of history, but you have not been given this knowledge. Heres the knowledge you need: you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be My witnesses, first here in Jerusalem, then beyond to Judea and Samaria, and finally to the farthest places on earth.

People love to travel.  Personally I love London. The historical sites, shopping, food, and BOOK STORES!  It seems that God placed a sense of adventure in every person.  Our Scripture passage today finds our Savior Jesus Christ placing a charge upon us to adventure.  This inner longing to visit new sites has a particular challenge, you will be My witnesses everyplace of your travels.  I mentioned London in this introduction.  Valerie and I took our family in 2019 to visit London.  We were there during the 500,000 plus Brexit protest march.  I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of ideas among the crowd, yet as I surveyed the faces of the participants, I saw a search for eternal value in their eyes. For the protestors saw the government as their salvation, yet after the march, music, and speeches they returned home with a vacuum in their hearts.

As we travel towards Pentecost Sunday, three words hopefully shall shape a new vision for the ministry using this gift for our daily life.  Those three words are See, Listen, and Go.  Each word is an imperative or a command for action.  How will we respond to verse 8 above?  Will we attempt to escape the “you will be My witnesses,” or accept the challenge and empowerment?

Souls are dying everyday with no knowledge of God’s redeeming love and gift of salvation.  I have never heard a ‘blast’ from Heaven calling the lost to salvation, but I have heard the charge to witness for Jesus.  The current crisis is wonderful from the aspect that the Church is feeling an intense shaking.  Several questions come to mind, but the most important one is, “Jesus asking if He holds your full allegiance to spread the Gospel?”

Let us travel towards Pentecost!  Pastor Stan