Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.” Acts 2:41

I saw it out of the corner of my eye – a white, expensive sports car, sitting dead on the side of the road. I don’t know what caused it’s sojourn on the shoulder, but a thought crossed my mind.

Without power, it’s just a hunk of metal.

This weekend marks Pentecost, the “birthday” not just of my (Pentecostal) church, but of ALL churches. The spark that ignited the flame of the Gospel was the dispensation of the Holy Spirit.

Peter preached such a miraculous sermon that 3,000 people came to faith in Christ in one day. Was it his great oratorical ability that sealed the deal? I think not. No, it was the power put behind his words by the Holy Spirit that did the work that day.

The church was scattered after facing intense persecution. Did they back down? No. They continued to spread the Good News of Jesus, with the Holy Spirit – the very spirit of the Living God – inside them, spurring them on and giving them courage in the face of adversity.

Paul wrote most of the New Testament from behind prison walls. Was it a great “writer’s retreat,” like some cabin in the woods, that inspired him? No. It was the Holy Spirit, speaking through his pen, to encourage believers both then and now.

Without a source of power, that expensive sports car was just a hunk of metal, on the side of the road, going nowhere. It’s still a car, but it isn’t fulfilling it’s purpose.

Without the Holy Spirit operating in our lives, we’re still Christians – but we aren’t really fulfilling His purpose in our lives to spread the Gospel, bring hope to the hopeless, bring healing to the hurting. We’re just hunks of flesh, on the side of the road.

Jesus came to give us life. The Holy Spirit came to give us power to live that life. Let’s pray for His power to stir in our hearts, to get us off the side of the road and into the calling He has for us.

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