I don’t know that it would take a great deal of bible study to recognize there was a difference in the disciples before the day of Pentecost and the days that followed. Those days following Christ’s crucifixion and before the coming of the Holy Spirit, the church was running scared. Including those that had been closest to Christ – His disciples.
But then something happened on that day of Pentecost that put power into the early church movement. The people gathered obediently and were filled with the Holy Spirit. No more running. No more denying. No backing down. No watering down. No dressing up. Just the pure simple beauty of the gospel message presented through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thinking on that I can’t help but be introspective about my own beliefs and the impact of the Holy Spirit in my life. I feel that I fall miserably short of the example set in that early church.
Am I the only one?
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy chapter 3, verses 1-7.
Am I running scared? Are you?
What will it take to galvanize the church to lay a hold of the power?
Think on it. Let me know your thoughts.