Acts 2:1 tells us that “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” What happens next is world-changing. They are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Acts 1 that they would receive POWER when the Spirit came upon them. And they did. I want to point out that they ALL showed up. No one was too busy. No one stayed home to watch something on TV. No one was distracted playing on their phone. They were ALL there to wait on God. They were about to launch into a new life. They were what I call “all in.” Did you know that you can be a Christian but still not be all in? Being “all in” means you are ready and willing to give it your all—to go wherever and to do whatever. Jesus gave it all for you—He was all in. Are we all in? Or are there parts of us that we hold on to? Imagine if someone hadn’t shown up that day—maybe something came up. Imagine what that person would have missed. I don’t want to miss a thing. We’ve only got one go on this planet. If we are gonna do it for Jesus, let’s decide today. Say it with me, “Lord, I am all in. I’ll never withhold from you again.”
In Romans 4:17, the Word speaks about Abraham’s faith, as well as some of God’s special qualities. The New Living Translation says, “That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, ‘I have made you the father of many nations.’ This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” Ok, so what is happening in your life right now? Do you feel that nothing is happening that you wanted to happen? Are you in a dead-end job going nowhere? Is nothing going your way? Well, you might be exactly where God wants you—so He can show you His remarkable ability to do the miraculous. I encourage you to be faithful, to trust in Jesus, and be watchful for what He is about to do. Remember Romans 4:17—God can create “new things out of nothing.” He spoke the universe into existence from nothing. He can speak into your life and create a new path, a new beginning and a new hope. Remember: He is the God that can bring the dead back to life. Let Him stir up hope in you; believe that He will create something out of nothing. There is no one like Him.
In the Bible, lots of people said many different things about Jesus—most of the talk centered on who He was. Was He a prophet, demon possessed, just a good man, a fraud, a criminal, or the Messiah whom everyone had been waiting for? All of these things were asked about him at some point. But do you know what? It really doesn’t matter what anyone else says or thinks about Jesus. What do YOU say about Jesus? Who do YOU say that He is? If you are born again, Jesus is the Son of the Living God, your Savior, your Friend and the Way that leads to eternal life. If you don’t know who Jesus is or have not made that decision for yourself, then find out today. Open the Bible and read the book of John. It’s a great place to get God’s statement of who Jesus is and why He came to Earth to redeem His people. Believing or not believing in Jesus has eternal consequences. In John 3:18 it says, “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” Decide today what YOU believe about Jesus.
The devil loves to bring about division, and have you noticed how easy it is for people to be divided? It seems we always find ways to separate ourselves from other people, whether it’s race, financial status, political stance, differences of opinion, or really just about anything that might make us different from someone else. Do you remember in high school, how different groups of people would form “cliques” that contained people that were just like them? It seems that even as we grow older, we still tend to do the exact same thing. As believers, though, we are called to love and unite. We should be unified completely by our belief and faith in Jesus, and there should be no division among us. Galatians 3:26-28 reads, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Let’s accept one another and be unified in Christ Jesus, for that is the one bond that should supersede all of our differences.