Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #4
You’re the Voice
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Holy Spirit enabled them.
The disciples were waiting for the promise of the Father – waiting and praying. Confined to a room in Jerusalem, they waited: 120 followers, men and women, praying and patterning their lives after the Saviour. This experience of confinement would soon explode into a volley of wonder, worship, exaltation and evangelism.
On the day of Pentecost, at the people were praying, God birthed His church in a miraculous way! As the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples, they were given the power to live lives like Jesus. ‘The promise of the Father’ was here, and there was a spontaneous explosion of worship that spilled over into the streets, becoming the first Christian witness to the world, right there in Jerusalem.
We cannot separate the birth of the church with her witness in the world. The Bible knows nothing of a voiceless church. From the moment she is born, she is speaking – worship to God and proclamation to people, empowered by the Spirit of Jesus.
Still today, worship is our highest vocation. When the Spirit was poured out, the gathered disciples responded in worship, and our response is the same. Worship and praise to God is the only response to the love and mercy of God. Imagine you owed a debt of one million dollars. Unable to pay, you were condemned to a lifetime in prison. Just then a kind benefactor walks in to the courtroom and pays not only the one million dollars owed, but all of the associated court and legal fees. How would you respond, other than “thank you, thank you, thank you!”. Worship recognises the enormity of what we have been saved from, but also what we have been saved for.
Worship that does not move to witness is not true worship. When we sing and pray to God and recognise His holiness, power and presence, it follows that we believe and act on what we have just sung and prayed. If I believe that God is love, and that God is the Lord of all, what can I do but act in a way that endeavours to make that a reality? If God is Lord of all, my desire is that all would worship Him. If God loves all, my desire is that all would know that truth. This is why worship and witness are inseparably linked.
- How have you experienced the freedom of God in your life?
- How do you best worship God? In what ways do you connect with Him?
- Who are you connecting with in your day-to-day that needs to hear your story?