Reset – Resetting Our Spirit

“When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Peter said, ‘Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.’”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:1-4, 38-39‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Nick Hall wrote a book entitled “RESET: Jesus Changes Everything.” It is a book filled with stories of faith. One talks about the power of the Holy Spirit working in ways we do not understand. When Nick was in college he went on a mission trip to India. He and his team were so excited to be there to do outreach and evangelism. The only problem is it is hard to do outdoor evangelism in pouring down rain. Nick states: “After three consecutive nights of waterworks, poor attendance and soaked dress shoes, our team was ready to throw in the towel. We wondered what we were doing in India anyway. It all felt so pointless…. I asked a local pastor if the people in this area thought their Hindu gods were defeating the Christian God because of all the rain. Our pastor friend turned to me ecstatically and said, ‘People don’t think their gods are defeating yours. Not at all! Word is spreading through the villages that the God of Christians has brought the rain’.” Nick and his team thought God needed their preaching, but all God needed was their presence to promote God’s miracle. God’s Spirit spread the Good News more than any crusade was able to. In the end the rains stopped and over 50,000 people came to know Jesus through their efforts.

In today’s Scripture we see the witness of the early church. Some even call Pentecost our Christian church birthday. The Disciples sought after the gift of the Holy Spirit and received it. The Disciples and all who gathered witnessed the presence and power of God through the Holy Spirit. Some repented and believed. Over 3000 were saved that day. Each of us personally also have the opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit.

In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn