We come to a close on our Road to Pentecost with the transformation that comes from stillness. We've already seen how stillness helps point us in the right direction, keeps us from getting out ahead of God and allow us to witness the power of God as he defeats and disarms our enemies. Today we look back to the story that inspired this series to see the transforming power of stillness.
10 days. That's how long it took the followers of Christ to receive the promise from Jesus in Acts 1:8. In that time they had prayer continually (Acts 1:14), used the Word of God to guided them (Acts 1:16-20) and spiritually planned for the outpouring of Christ's power from on high (Acts 1:21-26). There is no mention of fasting here, but we know that Jesus mentioned his followers would fast after his death (Matthew 9:14-15). Therefore, we can infer that there would have been some kind of fasting going on as well. To be sure, locking yourself away from society and its for 10 days would be considered a type of social/media fasting for some today.
How did they do it? Imagine, if God had told us to go and wait diligently for a promise to be poured out on us. Most of us would be excited at first. Then, when Christ didn't give us a timetable, we'd start to worry. We'd think about all the activities and things we've got to accomplish. There's work, school, family outings, bills to pay and activities and social engagements we've already got planned. That doesn't include our "need" for social media. In a world that is on a 10 minute schedule, could we truly adhere to a 10 day, 10 week, 10 month, 1+ year timetable?
If we want the promises of God, we'll have to break away from modern societies expectation of timetables. We'll have to accept that God is a God that loves patience, temperance, long-suffering and steadfastness. Those aren't just suggested methods and means by which we live for God. They are core to the tenants of God's ways. Moreover, they make up the tactic of being still in God. Throughout the Bible, men and women, tribes and nations who have practiced this tactic have received exponential blessings. Those in the upper room did, too (Acts 2:2-4).
Unification is the Key
However, they showed another layer to stillness that is often overlooked. They didn't just wait in God. They waited with unity of mind and purpose. What makes stillness truly work is when we take all of our mind and passions and direct them towards God in faith believing. It takes a lot of faith just to wait, but couple that with believing with your whole mind and heart and you have a truly an individual truly unified with God. That's the transformation that occurs when are still the right way. We become unified with our maker just as those on the day of Pentecost were. They were filled with the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:4), meaning that God Himself came down and dwelt in them. That is the first time that God ever housed himself within a person.
He did it in all 120 of them and he'll do it for you. Just give your life to Jesus as they did on the day of Pentecost and follow the path Peter set down in his sermon following that event, and you will have God in you. For those of you who already have that wonderful infilling of God's presence, God wants to continue in his unity with you by revealing further His plan for your life. Take time to set your mind and heart on His ways and wait for His leading. He'll reveal the path and all you'll have to do is take the next step to glory.
Thought for the weekend:
If we will unify our minds and hearts towards God's purpose, He will unify Himself and reveal our purpose in Him.
Enjoy celebrating Pentecost Sunday and believe on God that He is going to do a mighty work in your life and those around you. Bless you all in Jesus Name! Amen.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.