Remember the sports cheer—Fire up! Fire up! Fire up, up, up, up, up! That is more appropriate to Pentecost because “fire up” is exactly what the Holy Spirit does.
On the first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit turned the aimless disciples into bold speakers proclaiming Jesus’ death and resurrection. Acts 2:1-21 Tongues of fire and the sound of a rushing wind were signs that the Spirit was blowing through. Even more impressive was the disciples suddenly speaking in the languages of all who were present.
How amazing that God comes to those gathered in their own language. Yet God is like that
* coming to earth in the person of Jesus
* speaking to us in our own language
* meeting us whenever we gather to worship
* guiding the Church across the ages
On this Pentecost, the Holy Spirit continues to blow through God’s people. We celebrate the diversity of language and culture. We remember ways God guides and comforts us. We listen for the call of the Spirit in our lives and in our faith community.
But most important we pray: “Lord, Fire us up! Fire us up! Fire us up, up, up, up, up!”
We have the most amazing news ever! God lives in us! God lives in the world! We are called to live, serve, and love with the power of the Spirit guiding us. And yes, the Holy Spirit will lead us to try new things, go new places, speak new languages, meet new people, and shake things up as we share the message and hope in Jesus Christ.
FIRE UP AND WEAR RED ON PENTECOST!