Do you truly believe that God is present with us today? Why or Why not?
What does the presence of God look and feel like to you?
This Sunday is the day we celebrate Pentecost in our church calendar. The day of Pentecost is the day in which the Holy Spirit descends from heaven and is a gift to God's people. It is the day we celebrate the birth of the Church.
Read Acts 2 (The Message Version here)
This is a pretty amazing and creative account of what happened that day. Just imagine if your were eating a meal and all of a sudden tongues were floating around the room and then to make it more weird.. light them on fire! Then everyone started to speak in different languages and they understood one another. One this day, God used the gift of language to connect people. It was when everyone decided to come together and start living in a new way. They started sharing everything they had, following the apostles teachings, eating together, and praying together. They decided to be Baptized by the power of the Holy Spirit. It says that on that day that over three thousand people were added into God's followers.
Why do you think that three thousand people would change their lives and their beliefs in just one day?
Do you believe that they felt the presence of God?
Do you believe that they found the truth of what life is about?
Could it be that the words that they heard that day matched what they had always noticed about Creation. There this is a powerful divine God who is creative, amazing, awe-inspiring, powerful and Mighty. Who is present among us. The Holy Spirit has always been working in the world, but on this day of Pentecost the Spirit came down to be present among us, and gave the disciples the words to tell everyone what was happening.
Have you ever asked for God to help you feel God's presence in your life?
Have you ever taken time to look around the world and see God's creative works in nature and in the power of love and kindness in others?
Read Romans 1:20 again... (The picture up above)
What would it look like for you to be open to signs of God’s presence in your life this week? What would it mean for you to actively ask God for a sign of God’s presence?
What would it look like for you to live your life as a sign of God’s presence for others?