I’m excited. Today is Pentecost Sunday, the one day a year mainline denomination pastors get to preach on the Holy Spirit.
Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but often in our world, the Holy Spirit is the “red-headed stepchild” of the Trinity. We invoke the Spirit and we mention the Spirit, but we don’t always embrace the Spirit. We even diminish the power of Pentecost by relegating it to a children’s sermon of the church’s birthday.
So where is the power in that?
The Pentecost experience was not a one and done thing. Read through the book of Acts and see how the early church depended upon the Holy Spirit. And nowhere does Jesus ever say “I am going away but I will send an advocate, the Spirit of Truth, who will teach you all things, give you power from on high, then disappear forever, but you can mention Him on one Sunday a year.”
Truthfully, the church needs a new Pentecost experience. We need to embrace the Holy Spirit. We need to ask the Triune God to guide us daily and listen as the Spirit speaks. When we pray it should be in the Spirit (which does not necessarily mean in tongues, rather fully expecting God’s Spirit to pray with us and do things). And we need to know that the Holy Spirit is with us.
Even if it isn’t Pentecost Sunday.