When the disciples all got in one accord and were baptized in the upper room, a multitude of people gathered in Jerusalem to see what all the noise was about. Peter went out and told them to do the same thing he and the rest of the disciples had been doing for days—“Repent!” In essence he said, “Do what we’ve been doing, man. Repent! Repent and you’ll be baptized in the Holy Ghost just like we were!”
Sure enough, they did and the Spirit was poured out on them.
“Well now, Brother Copeland, our church had a repentance service back about six years ago. Everybody went down to the altar and cried. It was really great.”
I’m sure it was, but the repenting you did six years ago won’t put you in the place of Glory today. If we are in the midst of this outpouring, we have to do like the early Church did. Acts 2:46 says they continued daily with one accord, in the Temple, and having Communion from house to house.
They didn’t stop praying and repenting when the outpouring hit one glorious day. They didn’t just have a great meeting and then go back to watching tv and fussing with one another. They stayed in the Word. They stayed in agreement.
When a disagreement cropped up, the disciples picked out seven men of good report, full of the Holy Ghost and power, and went down and straightened things out (see Acts 6:1-8). When they did, the Glory of God fell.
What does that mean for you and me? It means that if we’ll keep ourselves in a state of repentance, if we’ll continue daily to get sin out of our lives and get right with our brothers and sisters in Christ, then in this day of Glory, God will work wonders through us. Not just in church, but at work! At the Parent-Teacher Organization meeting! At the grocery store!
The Glory will make us more alive. It will turn us into carriers of the healing, transforming, miracle-working power of God.
God will use us to bring rivers of His presence to the dry places. He’ll use us to stir up those who have fallen asleep, to shake them to the very soles of their feet…and the dead will come alive on every corner in this earth!
Speak the Word
I continue in the Word; therefore, I am Jesus’ disciple. (John 8)
Heiligschriftstudium: Acts 2:37-47