Take a chance on me....

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Take a chance on me....

‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women I will pour out my Spirit in those days.’ Joel 2.28-29

There is something risky about Pentecost, here God in his gracious abundance pours out his Holy Spirit on all ages and categories of people – young and old slave and free.

Prophecy & visions are no longer the domain of the select few, no longer will the Spirit of God rest for a season on a select individual – Joel’s prophecy speaks of a risk taking God providing a new and universal blessing – a prophecy fulfilled at the Jerusalem Pentecost party 500yrs later.

For us a risk taking God can be unsettling, we like to be in control – to regulate & restrict, manage and diarise the situation. God, on the other hand, chooses to entrust the message of Gracious redemption through faith in Christ – to us, ordinary people – like you and me, old and young  receive the Spirit of God, for the purpose of proclaiming his glory.

Let us be clear, God does not need us, but he chooses to use us – he risks the wonderful truth, won at great cost at Calvary, to us. This is the God who chooses to inhabit the womb of a teenage virgin – entering our vulnerability.

 

There is a risk of refusal – declining to receive or allowing limited access to the HS; The risk of misapplication – taking for ourselves what is intended for others, seeking our own blessing;

And there is the “risk” that God will genuinely come through for us, are we really ready for that?

Or are we rather comfy as we are – Christians have been described as like those who add a conservatory on the back of their home – to all appearances there is nothing to differentiate their homes from their neighbours – they just have somewhere nice to go on a Sunday.

Here’s a challenging quotation;

‘God doesn’t call us to be comfortable but to trust him so completely that we will be unafraid to put ourselves into situations were we will be in trouble if he doesn’t come through for us’ Francis Chan

This Pentecost will you risk all for God?

Revd Nick Harris

 


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