Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a church. And in this church there were people of all different backgrounds, races, family structures, and tastes. And in spite of their many differences, including their languages, for they all spoke different languages, they could still speak with one another in civil ways and understand each other. And why you might ask. Acts 2 provides the answer; it was the Holy Spirit that gave them the ability.
The story of the birth of “the community in Christ” that received the wind-full blessing of the God is an image of what we strive to be as the church for today. There was a certain “enthusiasm” coupled with a spirit of cooperation that made the first Pentecostal church unique and is the same image that all vital churches must embody as we respond to our call in an age when church as we know it continues to morph into something new; a picture that onlookers want to be a part of.
Remember too that those looking in accused the faith community of being drunk on wine. Perhaps it was their level of enthusiasm and vitality that warranted that accusation. And once it was determined that there were no chemical additives to the behavior being emulated that day those looking in realized it was completely organic. And who doesn’t want to be a part of something that is organically grounded and spirit filled? And at the risk of repeating myself – in spite of their diversity they seemed to understand each other and they truly got off on being together; “one in the spirit.”
If there is one thing that will sustain us and move us forward as the church it is our ability to understand each another, our desire to support one another, and the simple fact that we enjoy being together as God’s people – whenever two or three are gathered together in God’s name. It could be Sunday mornings in worship, it could be a Wednesday evening at LOGOS or a council meeting, it could be when “God’s Gals” get together, it could be men having breakfast together, it could be having drinks together in a member’s home, it could be in the church parking lot as folks converse about news of the day, or it could be working side by side serving a meal at Love, Inc. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability.
It’s as simple as a child’s song: “I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together. All who follow Jesus, all around the world; yes we’re the church together.”
See ya’ in church. Pastor Bob