Day 3, Swift change
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. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-2 ESV
The first few weeks of soccer season had not been fun, we had lost every game, as we rode the bus back to school the coach let us have it. We had just lost 12-0, some of the kids were joking in the back and coach was not happy. When he was done, one of the kids looked at the coach and said, coach what do you expect, all of us are short, we are the the worst team in the school. This was to be expected, just enjoy life and let us enjoy life as well!
Just the week before the disciples were the worst assembled team to have ever walked on earth. As Jesus prepared for his death, they fought over who would sit next to him on the throne, the fought, one of them stole money, they didn't have the education and all came from different backgrounds. One had been loyal to Rome another disciple had sworn to kill all Romans. To say the team was dysfunctional was not an overstatement, when Jesus was crucified, all of them ran away, one denied Jesus three times and all realized how weak they were.
Jesus, changed everything, as He came back to life, the disciples began to understand the mission God had assigned to them. They went from running away to gladly dying for their savior. What would have been considered the worst team in history, became the greatest team, as in one generation they took the gospel to the whole known world.
Many today look at church and wonder how it will survive. We have people with all different types of thinking, different political affiliations and very different backgrounds. From the outside, it may look like the oddest group of people, yet we know that this is the team God assembled for His gospel to reach the world. Today, God is calling us to put aside our differences and become united around Him and His great love. God has called you and I to be part of the greatest team ever assembled.
The next day in practice, coached called us and said, today you are playing against the varsity team. The same negative kid, said well i guess it'll be 20-0, and before coach could say anything, the team captain looked at us and said, you know i think we can beat them, we just have to play together. We ended up winning 3-0, and the varsity team had to run for 30 minutes after practice. We finally understood that our unity was our greatest strength!
Prayer for the day
Like the Disciples, help us, to put our personal agendas aside. Teach us what your agenda looks for us. Teach us to be united, to reach out to others and see them as part of the team. Show us what is hindering us from receiving the Holy Spirit and bring us together like you did with the Disciples. In the name of Jesus we pray, AMEN