Friday, April, 21, 2017 | 9:25 PM | by ledington
Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9: 1 - 5
The next major (non-Hallmark or internet created) Holidays celebrated by the world will be Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and Independence Day. The next major liturgical celebration is Pentecost. Of the three major celebrations in the liturgical denominations, Pentecost is one the world does not celebrate nor understand. Pentecost is the celebration of the disciples’ receiving of the Holy Spirit as told in the second chapter of Acts.
Quite frankly, I am grateful that the world has not corrupted this celebration. Then again, Pentecost is what separates us from the world, so it cannot. When we pray, “Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come …,” we literally ask that His kingdom come and His will be done. It is through the Pentecost experience that we are able to see the kingdom; because of the Holy Spirit, our Counselor, we are able to do His will.
Of course, our liturgical holidays all commemorate events that happened thousands of years ago. Therefore, we may live each day celebrating Christmas every evening, the Resurrection every morning and Pentecost throughout every waking moment. Have you ever looked back on a day and seen where you’ve truly celebrated Christmas, Epiphany, The Resurrection and Pentecost all at once? If not, what do you think that day might look like?
Our scriptures for this week will draw us into this. It is fitting that we … reworked our schedule, this lesson is far more appropriate after a Resurrection celebration. As we prepare to celebrate Pentecost about six weeks from now, be aware – listen – to what the Holy Spirit is saying or having you say. Are you “inspired”? The etymology of inspire means “to breathe.” Is the Holy Spirit breathing in and through you?
Like the congregation at Corinth, we are a people who must prepare to receive visitors and share the gifts … the fruit of the Spirit, if you will … with those we are expecting. And who will we receive? Who will we serve? It will be Jesus Christ – now and in the world to come. His kingdom is here. Now. I urge you – yes, you – to prepare your gift to share.
Looking back at the various blogs, in my blog on ‘Purpose’, I mentioned the questions of journalism: who, what, when, where, why and how. As a Resurrection people, inspired by the Holy Spirit; I encourage you to know and believe that “how?” is always answered “by the power of the Holy Spirit.” In other words, “His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”