“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (KJV).”
I heard a story on time about a vacuum salesman out in rural Texas. He approached an old farm house. Knocked on the door, and he told a lady, “I’ve got the most exciting vacuum cleaner you have ever seen. It will clean your house from top to bottom.”
And the lady said, “It sounds real good.”
Then he said, “You see that big pile of dirt right there on the floor with all those fur balls and bugs and things? This vacuum cleaner will just pick up all those things up just like that, and if it don’t, I’ll eat it.”
She replied, “well you might as well get your knife and fork, because we ain’t got power out here!” – The moral of the story is, you will be sucking up dirt the rest of your life if you do not have power.
Power is the one thing nations, politicians and the business world covet. But the power that we really need is not an earthly power. God has promised believers Spiritual power. Vance Havner once rightly said, “We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.”
The early church had none of the things we think are so essential for success today: buildings, money, social status, technology, contemporary worship, and yet, the church won multitudes to Christ and saw many churches established throughout the Roman world. Why? Because the church had the power of the Holy Spirit energizing its ministry. They were a people ignited by the Spirit of God.
The church today needs to discover once again that we have an unchanging God. We need once again to discover the power of Pentecost. That same Holy Spirit power is available to us today to make us more effective witnesses for Christ. The better we understand His working at Pentecost, the better we will relate to Him and experience His power.
What is Pentecost? It is the fulfillment of God’s promise to His disciples, that they would receive power in order to accomplish His purpose to be witnesses. Today we have become too far removed from the Upper room. We need the upper room experience in 2017, just like they needed it on Azusa Street in 1906! What difference can Pentecost make to you and me, and our world today if we would just tarry, if the church could come together in one accord!