Can you imagine going to church one Sunday morning (pretend that your church is one of the large ones) sitting and being a part of the following scene?
Acts 2:2-3 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (NKJV)
Let's just say that I hope we would be holding on to our coffee/tea cups, soft drink cups or whatever we were drinking! Not only would it be wild but also a mess! Can you imagine the site of this? I can't say that I can, and right now, I'm glad that I received the Holy Spirit in a much quieter manner - but that is just me.
Anyway, my thoughts about this day in the book of Acts aren't really about the tongues spoken or the fire and wind, but the fact that this was the first time the Holy Spirit filled people to empower them to preach the gospel to the world. How awesome that as Christians, we still have access to that power today through the Holy Spirit inside of us.
Jesus told us much about the Holy Spirit in John 16. We are told that the Holy Spirit will:
1) Convict us of sin (v8-9)
2) Teach us (v26, 16:13-15)
3) Intercede in prayer for us (Ro 8:26-27, Eph 2:18)
4) Comfort us (John 14:15-18)
Why then, do so many Christians feel powerless in their lives? Because they don't let the Holy Spirit get hold of them completely. It is said often that we have all of the Holy Spirit we will ever get; we just need to let Him have all of us. Are you letting Him have control of your thoughts and actions? It is hard and it takes work, but it is so worth it. I challenge you today to have one more conversation with God than you did yesterday. Then the next day, take another step. Are you up for it? I guarantee it will be worth it.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.