14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
I can’t help but be drawn to the inclusive work of God by the Holy Spirit. On all people God has poured out His Spirit. Sons and daughters shall prophesy. Young and old shall receive direct inspiration from God’s Spirit to guide and lead them.
If this is God’s plan for the world, how am I going making sure my life is aligned with the work of the Holy Spirit as described here? Am I so inclusive? Do I anticipate the work of the Holy Spirit through all God’s children? Do I want more and more people of every tribe and tongue, gender and age, socio-economic background and heritage, to experience God’s grace in the Holy Spirit?
Unlike God, I’m prone to drawn up boundaries and divisions amongst people – us and them distinctions. To discount those that aren’t as intellectually rigorous or mature, for example. But God calls me to a different way. His way. The way of His Spirit.
All people. Sons and daughters. Young and old.
God, lead me in your ways, that I would truly walk in step with your Holy Spirit and eagerly desire and work for all to know you and experience rich relationship with you. And may I be ready to receive what all people can bring, in the Holy Spirit, to the building of your church and Kingdom.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh