When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. . .All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit . . . (NIV) Acts 2:1-2, 4
The Church experienced the presence of God and those people were never the same. . . the world was never the same! Immediately the Church began to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the hope of eternal life. After hearing the Truth about Christ, 3000 people began a relationship with Jesus. And because it was the Passover and many of the people in Jerusalem were tourists, the Word of God spread to the outer most regions of the world.
But it was the presence of God which prompted the proclamation of His purpose, to bring salvation to all mankind. Has the presence of God in your life prompted you to proclaim His purpose? Do those “everyday people” (those you come in contact with on a regular basis) know that you are a Christian? Does your lifestyle look different than that of your neighbor? How is the presence of God seen in your life?
If you answered no to any of those questions, I encourage you to take a moment, bow your head and ask God to change you. . . ask Him to release His presence in your life with such power that you can’t help but proclaim His purpose! All it takes is a willing heart, God will do the rest!