So many people who refer to themselves as Christians have spent years waiting for their personal day of Pentecost. They are not going to do anything for God other than their Sunday responsibilities until God personally comes down and hands them directions. They show up to church and complain about the teacher, the temperature, the time, the tithes, the teenagers, and the tunes. They say that all the poor people in the world are sorry, and they only ever pick up the Bible when they are on their way to church. They judge people by how they dress, and they only socialize with people who are just like them. I actually had a business man say to me once “You know there are people in my church of a lower class, and it is good they are there, but I’m not going to invite them into my home.” I wanted to throw up!
When you are sitting in Church and you get that feeling inside that causes you to nod your head in agreement or shout amen that is the work of the Holy Spirit. You should write down what it is you are agreeing to and then examine your own life against the statements. It is so easy to leave a church thinking, ‘Man he really told them!’ instead of realizing that God was speaking to you. While following Jesus requires discipline and work it also produces the best possible outcome for all areas of our life. When you look at the things in your life that cause you heartache and stress how many of them are directly related to your not being obedient to the commands of Jesus as they are found in His Word? He wants you to have life more abundant and free.
I understand the difficulty of living the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Every time I have tried to pretend like it is easy to do I have ended up failing God in major ways. If we are not self-disciplined in our pursuit of Christ-likeness we will not be effective servants of our Lord. We must study God’s Word daily! How many times have you heard someone say that you should read the Bible every day? Have you already accepted that this is never going to happen for you because you are too busy and God does not want to add any stress to your life? This is one of those “discipleship is easy” lies! Jesus commands us to take up our cross daily. Daily meditate on His Word. Daily pray. Daily forgive. Daily witness. Daily repent. Daily grow. Daily love.
As far as a personal day of Pentecost that is the day that the Holy Spirit convicts you of your sins and you repent and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. When we look at the Word we see that every day after Pentecost the Church is busy meditating on His Word, praying, forgiving, witnessing, repenting, growing, and loving. If you have never had that first encounter with God then you need to be saved today. Pray and ask God to forgive you, believe in the power of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and make Him the Lord of your life. Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. If you have had this experience then it is time to take up your cross. You are not waiting on God to act. He is your Lord. You are not His Lord. He has made His will clear in His Word. Take up your cross and follow Him.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.